At the heat of the NFL offseason, Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn Was in Tanzania, in East Africa, Starting up a College.
Lynn, along with his wife, NBC New York news anchor Stacey Bell, helped fund a college in a rural Maasai village of Lanjani from the northern portion of the country. In a telephone conversation with Jenny Vrentas of SI.com in Tanzania, Lynn recently detailed his summer-break visit to Africa.
“These children were getting pushed into the work force as early as possible, growing up without schooling at all,” Lynn stated. “It was miserable, as where do your own dreams and fantasies come from in case you don’t have this? How do you understand if you prefer science until you take a science course? As soon as I learned about the situation, I felt like I needed 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 erratic rains due to climate change, along with many other local obstacles. Courses are expected to begin this past week, per Vrentas, together with roughly 300 boys and girls in grades K-3. Lynn expects the school will offer another route to kids . Lynn described to Vrentas a few of the challenges the school is working through as it has started. 1 example is the college opens at 10 a.m. daily since lions feed from 6 to 9 a.m.
“These are things I never would have understood if I didn’t come over here,” Lynn said of his excursion.
Lynn said he intends to bring 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 soccer terms,” Lynn stated. “Plenty of times, when you’re able to help develop these young guys into better men, they will also become better football players. It’s something we’ll talk about: Doing more with less, and having the ideal mindset. When you have the grit and toughness that I have seen here in Tanzania, and you place positivity behind that, you can do anything you wish to do.”
Lynn said the excursion surprisingly could have left big an impression on him as it did for the kids he’s helping.
“You know, you go somewhere, and you expect to help people and have an impact, and they end up having an effect on you,” he explained. “Their resiliency, their durability, their mindset, their smiles. You see it and experience it, and it makes you love everything you really have.”