JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA
Before I pen my request, I would like to express my sincere gratitude towards the various companies, organisations and schools that have supported youth sport over the years.
Companies like FNB Namibia and Coca-Cola, to name just a few, have also shown their involvement in school sports.
I will also not forgive myself if I do not show my appreciation towards the Momentum board for having staged various events and as well as Bank Windhoek.
The German government through their embassy in Namibia has also done wonders towards helping with the development of sport in this country.
MTC has done its part too, but I expect more from a company which makes millions through its services from this nation.
Nedbank Namibia has also been at the helm of some of the success stories of sport.
I would however like to advise other companies that are still not supporting youth in sport to do so.
We all know that the youth are the future of this country and it is important that they get the necessary support from corporate Namibia.
Most of these young athletes aspiring to become future stars need help and that help lies with corporate Namibia.
It will be great if more youth tournaments are sponsored in order for the country to groom future stars to fulfil the adage “catch them while they are still young”.
I am not talking about only sponsoring football, netball, rugby and hockey, but all sport codes that fall under the Namibia Sports Commission need equal treatment.
I am also encouraging the companies that are already involved in sport funding to go the extra mile as far as creating more events is concerned.
The hopes and dreams of many young Namibian sport lovers are all in the hands of corporate Namibia.
What I do believe is of utmost importance is that corporate Namibia must not only focus on the main region (Khomas), but must expand to other regions where children are desperate to get involved in sport.
Many countries in the world are successful because they have invested so much in their youthful talent.
It is the reason why countries like America are great and come to dominate in global events.
Namibia would have been one of the best countries in terms of sport had we had nurtured the talent we had in schools a decade ago.
As a learner in the late '90s and to date, I have witnessed many talented young fellas we had at our school excelled in football, others in athletics and many other sport codes.
Today, it is sad to see that many of those children did not reach the standard and level were they could have become great stars.
I believe the reason for their failure is because they did not have the mentorship and financial muscle required at that moment.
For this reason, I also believe that is why many turned to drugs and alcohol as a source of comfort.
I am left with the thought that if corporate Namibia had stepped in to help these young people they would be our stars shining today. I bet their lives would be different now.
What really worries me the most and which I hope to see change in is to see many corporate companies, but only a handful have taken their social responsibility towards sport seriously.
I can tell you now that there are more companies than the sport codes we have in this country, yet sport continues to be in financial doldrums.
We have to take care of Namibian youth in sport because they are our future. [email protected]