Doc Lawson and Nyumah Johnson, 11, doing an exercise yesterday in West PointThirty-five (35) kids, including 10 girls and 25 boys, yesterday enjoyed two hours of soccer exercises led by Doc Lawson, president and chief executive officer of DonamiSport, at the West Point beach that linked the program with the ‘Follow the Water’ project launched recently by The Last Well.A group picture with Doc Lawson and the participating kids at the end of the programThe Last Well is an initiative of Rev. Dr. Todd Philips to make sure that every Liberian community has a well that provides safe drinking water by the year 2020.Mr. Lawson is a vice president for Last Well’s Liberia project. The project works along with Christian groups throughout the country to make safe drinking water available for all Liberians by that specific date.DonamiSport works with the Young Men Christian Organization (YMCA) to introduce kids to sports and has been doing that for that last seven years in several communities in Montserrado, Bong, and Margibi counties.‘Follow the Water’ is a recent project that ensures that healthy children deserve safe drinking water to follow up their dreams by using water as a means to ensure that no Liberian child dies of preventable diseases that originate from poor water.The ten girls that participated in the soccer exercises with their footballsSupported by West Point residents Josiah Toe and Aoliker A. Togbeh, the 35 kids went through several soccer exercises, including jumping jacks, dribbling the ball while in motion, group distribution of the ball, playing to become a team player, among others. Doc Lawson, a former Liberian soccer star in the United States Soccer League and an Olympian, led the exercises.Each of the kids received a football, a tee shirt or jersey; and at the end of the program was entertained with juices, water, and popcorn.The children commended Doc Lawson and his team for the exercises and expressed appreciation for the project. Mr. Lawson informed them that a soccer tournament is expected to be held at the venue in about two weeks.Mr. Lawson told the Daily Observer that the program was to increase awareness in the community of the importance of safe drinking water because The Last Well is passionate about working with its partners to make safe drinking water available for all Liberians, particularly those in communities where safe drinking water is hard to find in the dry season.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
SAN DIEGO – A killer whale at SeaWorld Adventure Park was getting a sonogram to prepare for possible artificial insemination when she knocked her trainer off a low wall Tuesday. The 35-year-old trainer was taken to the hospital after suffering minor injuries after the bump from Orkid, a 5,900-pound whale, said SeaWorld spokeswoman Darla Davis. “She just lost her balance,” Davis said. The trainer, who hit her head and side in the tumble, was taken to a University of California, San Diego, hospital for examination and released Tuesday afternoon, park officials said. Her name was not released. The 19-year-old whale was getting her weekly ultrasound when she knocked the trainer off a wall next to the whale’s tank, said Dave Koontz, another park spokesman. He said it was unclear whether the whale intended to head-butt the trainer or accidentally bumped into her. SeaWorld monitors all of its female orcas for potential insemination. The park is reviewing the mishap. All but three of the 25 calves born in SeaWorld parks were conceived naturally, but the park hopes to use artificial insemination to bring genetic diversity to its whale population, said Dr. Todd Robeck, corporate director of animal reproduction for Anheuser-Busch Entertainment Corp., which owns SeaWorld. “It’s a lot easier to fly semen around the world than to fly a whale,” Robeck said. Whales are trained to roll on their sides so that veterinarians can put ultrasound probes against their flanks and monitor the orcas’ ovaries. Last November, Orkid grabbed a trainer and pushed him under water during a show at Shamu Stadium, tearing a ligament in the trainer’s left ankle. Koontz said trainers do not believe Orkid’s behavior was aggressive. That incident came two weeks before another trainer was bitten and held underwater several times by Kasatka, a 7,000-pound killer whale, during a show at Shamu Stadium. The trainer escaped with a broken foot and was hospitalized for three days.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!