In a very fitting way to celebrate the country’s 55th independence anniversary, the International Rep for the Sierra Leone Athletics Association Mr. Leslie Koroma of Texas has alongside some former national athletes for Sierra Leone launched an effort to aid in providing funding assistance for Sierra Leone’s international athletes alongside support for some grassroots sports initiatives in Sierra Leone through the Team Salone Project.
Mr. Koroma who sees the launching of the Support Team Salone Project on the 55th Independence day anniversary as a way to send a subtle message to Sierra Leoneans around the world that we have to take our destiny on our hands and support our country has been instrumental in recruiting a number of world class caliber athletes for Sierra Leone over the past few months within the US NCAA Collegiate system. At the last count there are over 14 athletes who have committed to competing for Sierra Leone at the International level and counting. These athletes are either born to Sierra Leoneans living in the Diaspora or are of Sierra Leonean descent.
Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra Leone are encouraged to donate through a PayPal Donation link at the top of the page on the Team Salone Website www.teamsalone.com or through the Go Fund Me link at the bottom of the page.
The donations will be used to set up a standing fund to support athletes in training for various international championships as well as support grassroots project in Sierra Leone. To be more specific the standing fund will support the athletes by providing them with a monthly stipend as well as support for Gym and track fees as well as Physio transportation and Nutrition at the basic level or even more at an advanced level. Athletes will have to meet set standards to qualify for the support from the funds raised so as to guarantee quality control as well as continued sustenance and growth of the fund which will be there for years to come. There will be an annual audit of the fund to guarantee transparency and continued support by the public of the fund and the audit report will be published annually on the Team Salone Website.
On the grassroots initiative side of things, the fund will be used to help in building capacity in many communities where there are no sports facilities. This will range from establishing of sports fields and pitches to the purchase of some of the most basic equipment for use in various sports disciplines.
The fund is being launched with primary support going to the sports of athletics at this stage but it will gradually spread to other sports disciplines such as Basketball, Boxing etc etc in coming months.
Mr. Koroma is also the Founder and CEO of African Sports TV website www.africansportstv.net and African Sports Monthly Magazine www.africansportsmonthly.com and he was once a national athlete himself.
Please Visit the Team Salone Website to make your donation at www.teamsalone.com and help Sierra Leone sports become ‘independen’.