At the heat of the NFL offseason, Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn Was in Tanzania, in East Africa, opening up a College.
Lynn, along with his wife, NBC New York news anchor Stacey Bell, helped fund a school in a rural Maasai village of Lanjani from the northern part of the nation. In a phone conversation with Jenny Vrentas of SI.com in Tanzania, Lynn recently detailed his summer-break trip to Africa.
“These children were getting pushed into the work force as early as possible, growing up without education at all,” Lynn stated. “It was sad, as where do your own dreams and fantasies come from in case you do not have that? How do you know if you like science till you take a science class? When I learned about the situation, I felt like I had to get concerned.”
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The faculty will help provide education for the rural population who has witnessed their own way of life challenged lately by warmer weather and unpredictable rains due to climate change, along with many other local obstacles. Courses are expected to begin this week, per Vrentas. Lynn hopes the school will offer another route to kids . Lynn described to Vrentas some of the challenges that the school is functioning through as it has started. 1 example is the school opens in 10 a.m. each day because lions feed from 6 to 9 a.m.
“These are things I never would have known if I did not come over here,” Lynn said of the trip.
Lynn said he plans to bring the lessons learned in Africa back to Los Angeles when Chargers training camp opens later this month.
“I always try to take life experiences and use them in soccer terms,” Lynn stated. “A lot of times, when you can help develop these young men into better guys, they’ll also become better soccer players. It is something we will chat about. Whenever you have the grit and toughness that I have seen here in Tanzania, and you put positivity behind this, you can do anything you want to do.”
Lynn said the trip surprisingly could have left as big an impression on him as it did for the kids he’s serving.
“You know, you move somewhere, and you expect to help folks and have an effect, and they end up having an impact on you,” he said. “Their resiliency, their toughness, their mindset, their smiles. You see it and experience it, and it makes you love everything you actually have.”