In the Warmth of the NFL offseason,” Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn has been in Tanzania, in East Africa, Starting up a College.
Lynn, along with his wife, NBC New York news anchor Stacey Bell, helped finance a college in a rural Maasai village of Lanjani from the northern portion of the country. In a phone conversation with Jenny Vrentas of SI.com in Tanzania, Lynn recently detailed his summer-break visit to Africa.
“These kids were getting pushed to the workforce as soon as possible, growing up without education in any respect,” Lynn said. “It was miserable, because where do your own hopes and dreams come from in case you do not have this? How can you understand if you like science until you take a science course? As soon as I learned about the circumstance, I felt like I had to get involved.”
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The faculty will help provide education for the rural population who has witnessed their way of life challenged lately by warmer weather and unpredictable rains due to climate change, together with several other regional obstacles. Classes are expected to start this week, per Vrentas. Lynn hopes kids will be offered another route by that the school through education. Lynn described to Vrentas a few started. 1 example is that the school opens at 10 a.m. each day since lions feed from 6 to 9 a.m.
“These are things I never would have known if I did not come over here,” Lynn said of his trip.
Lynn said he plans to deliver the lessons learned in Africa back to Los Angeles when Chargers training camp opens later this month.
“I always try to take life experiences and use them in football terms,” Lynn said. “A lot of times, once you can help develop these young guys into better guys, they’ll also become better soccer players. It’s something we’ll talk about: Doing more with less, and having the right mindset. Whenever you have the endurance and endurance that I have seen here in Tanzania, and also you put positivity behind this, you can do anything you wish to do.”
Lynn said the excursion surprisingly might have left big an impression on him as it did to the children he’s serving.
“You know, you move somewhere, and you hope to help folks and have an impact, and they end up with an effect on you,” he explained. “Their resiliency, their toughness, their attitude, their smiles. You see it and experience it, and it makes you appreciate what you actually have.”