Uganda for the sixth time will host the annual East Africa Secondary school games this time round Gulu district being the hosts of the event.
The games were officially launched on Tuesday at Imperial Royale hotel in Kampala in a function graced by the state Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi.
Brookside Dairy Limited continued their commitment to the games injecting in Shs1.2 billlion to cater for this year’s meet scheduled to run from August 16 – 27 at St. Joseph’s Layibi College in Gulu.
Speaking during the launch of the event, Macy Olivier, the marketing director Brookside Limited said the company is committed to fulfilling their Corporate Social Responsibility through sports.
“As part of our corporate social responsibility drive, Brookside limited supports education initiatives such as the East Africa games which develop the complete individual in terms of sports, academia and health,” he said.
Olivier added that Brookside limited believes that every child has a talent that needs to be identified and nurtured.
“To this end, we are sponsoring the games because through such programs, the youth are able to play while at the same time use sports to identify and nurture their talents.”
Bakabulindi stated that it is a great honor for Uganda to host the games and more so in an area that was ravaged by way.
“Sports brings joy and hope and it is good that Gulu a place recovering from war will host the games,’’ the minister said.
The sponsorship will cater for players’ kit, renovating of infrastructure at the hosting school and trophies at the end of the championship.
In addition, basket ballers ( 2 boys and 2 girls) and 2 hockey players(1 boy and girl) who excel at the East African games but also perform well at the advanced secondary school level( A level) are awarded a full sports scholarship at Strathmore University.
The 2017 East Africa Secondary school games (for both girls and boys) will have over 219 schools competing in 13 different sports disciplines (categories)
The disciplines include; football, basketball, volleyball, netball, handball, athletics, hockey, rugby, badminton, lawn tennis, table tennis and swimming.
Gulu Municipality won the bid to host the games in March this year and the main ground will be St.Joseph’s Layibi.
Other venues are Pece stadium, Kaunda grounds and Sacred Heart.