Baylor's day in Prison
The visiting Baylor university team paid a courtesy call to both the Nairobi west men’s prison and Lang’ata women’s prison in their final day in Nairobi before moving to Nakuru on Wednesday. The group was welcomed by the senior superintendent of Prisons Henry Ochieng who also joined in sharing with the visitors and watching the sports clinics at the Nairobi west Prison as the group was split into two teams with the other spending time at the Lang’ata women’s prison.
The visit was mutually humbling to both the athletes from Baylor and the inmates who shared their experiences and had fun by playing soccer and volleyball. The visitors also offered volleyball and soccer clinics to the inmates and the wardens revealing the hiding talents behind the prison walls. At the end of the visit, Baylor donated 21 balls, 6 to the volleyball team and 15 to the soccer team at the Nairobi west Prisons and 15 Volleyball and basketball balls at the Lang’ata women’s Prisons for continuous use during their free time.
“Thank you very much for thinking about our brothers who found themselves on the wrong side of the fence.” Said superintendent Ochieng.
At the Nairobi West Prison, the team was joined by the African volleyball queens and club champions -Kenya Prisons- led by head coach David Lung’aho and his assistant Josp Baraza. “This was very humbling for me. I have never been in such a facility before but I must say seeing the smiles on the faces of these people some of them having been detained here for life just gives me motivation to ant to stay with them even more.”
The reason behind the visit and the clinics was so as to extend love and brotherhood to both the inmates and the wardens. More at times inmates have been treated with a sense of rejection from the community irregardless of the fact that they are human.
“They are jovial and am touched by their talents. Some of them in here could pass for professional players.” Said Larissa Campos a soccer player.
At the Lang’ata women’s Prison, the inmates some of them on capital offense and life sentence entertained with breathtaking and beautifully choreographed dances and music including a well drilled fashion show catwalk adorned in lovely African outfit and ornaments designed and made by themselves in the prisons.
“The women’s prison was a thrilling experience for me and I wish I had more time to spend with them, they are s happy with broad smiles despite some of them being in their for decades. I wish to spend more time in the Prisons so I can get to play with them more basketball” Said Melissa Jones.
On Wednesday, the team traveled to Nakuru where they conducted an American football Clinic to Mountain Park academy students before moving in for a wild African bush experience on Safari.