2-4-1 Visit to Africa — Starts in Nairobi

December 2, 2023
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Dear 2-4-1 Community,

Greetings from Kenya!

In less than two days here, I’ve experienced what feels like a month’s worth of discovery. It’s been a profoundly humbling and thrilling journey to meet in person the folks from Wellness for Greatness, Kenya, whom we’ve known virtually for years. There’s something magical about meeting someone in person for the first time, yet feeling like you’re reuniting with an old friend.

Our guide, Raheem, has been a delightful companion. His intelligence and familiarity with Nairobi’s vast expanse are astounding. We often joke that he’s running for mayor, given how everyone seems to know him, even garnering friendly honks from passersby!

Today, we visited MATHARE YOUTH Sports Association, the primary host site for MYSA Kenya. This site is more than just a sports facility; it’s a beacon of hope and growth. Here, we’ll host our training and programming in a little over a week. It was heartening to see the facility in advance and learn about its diverse initiatives, from soccer (or football, as they call it here) for boys and girls, to a range of public health and educational programs.

A particularly touching moment was seeing a plaque with Edwin Moses’ name on it. Having met Edwin a couple of times, most recently this past May at Project Play with Kerry, it was a small world moment to see one of my favorite Olympic Champion’s presence upon our arrival. It’s also a testament to the global impact of initiatives like Edwin’s Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

What’s remarkable about MYSA is its holistic approach. Like their partner Wellness for Greatness, they don’t just focus on sports; they’re deeply committed to public health, education, and ensuring the safety and well-being of children and the community. As a long-time counselor, I was particularly impressed with their counseling center – a recent addition but already highly utilized.

The space is perfect for our upcoming training for 30 educators and over 100 children. This visit has filled us with optimism about expanding our 2-4-1 programming not only in Nairobi but across Kenya and perhaps even throughout Africa.

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to share our African journey. Today we will be tourist and visit Nairobia National Park – then we are off to Zambia tomorrrow before heading back to Nairobi. It’s a testament to the power of connection, community, and the far-reaching impact of our collective efforts.

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About Steve Boyle

Steve Boyle is a visionary leader and advocate for youth sports and physical literacy. As the Executive Director of 2-4-1 CARE, Inc. and Co-Founder/Director of 2-4-1 Sports, Steve stands at the forefront of the movement to transform the youth sports paradigm. His forward-thinking anti-specialization approach has garnered acclaim from esteemed institutions like the Aspen Institute. At the helm of 2-4-1, Steve has skillfully guided its expansion from its flagship location in West Hartford, Connecticut, to a range of locations across the U.S., Canada, and Africa. His leadership has not only scaled the program but also redefined the standards of youth sports Beyond the scope of 2-4-1 Sports, Steve’s influence extended to developing the National Association of Physical Literacy, where his insights as Advisory Board Chair were pivotal. His tenure as Global Lead on Physical Literacy and Athletics for Whittle School & Studios marked a significant contribution to the global community, shaping the athletic and physical education frameworks across campuses in Shenzhen and Washington, D.C. Steve is equally known for merging his expertise in counseling with his coaching acumen to create the TOP Self social-emotional learning platform. This innovative endeavor leverages sports to impart essential social-emotional learning skills, cementing Steve’s status as a national authority in physical literacy development.

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