The Bahamas Bowl is committed to “promoting The Bahamas and highlighting the educational and athletic opportunities for the youth of The Islands through college football …”
That portion of the mission was realized during the 2016 bowl week as the bowl hosted two events December 21 in Nassau to give back to the children of the Bahamas, thanks to the student-athletes, coaches and spirit groups of Eastern Michigan and Old Dominion.
A large group of student-athletes and spirit groups from both schools visited The Ranfurly Homes for Children. After over 50 years, the Ranfurly Homes for Children is still a place of hope for young Bahamians. The home is a haven, a learning ground, a place where warm memories take shape for boys and girls whose life circumstances may have otherwise taken them on a very different path.
The Ranfurly Homes provide a home for children who are displaced as a result of family problems, who have been abandoned, who are orphaned or whose primary care givers are deceased.
The current Ranfurly administration, led by president Alexandra Maillis-Lynch and administrator Alexander Roberts, has partnered with local and international organizations to further enhance the lives of Ranfurly residents. Future goals include funding for transitional housing for older residents, securing job opportunities and scholarships for outgoing residents and enhancing the current dormitory facilities at the home.
Ranfurly recently received 501(c)(3) status, so donations from US citizens and companies are tax-deductable. For more information, visit RanfurlyHome.org.
Also on the same day, a group of student-athletes from Eastern Michigan and Old Dominion traveled to the Roscow A.L. Davies Field near Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium to conduct a Youth Football Leadership Clinic in conjunction with USA Football.
With the help of the student-athletes of the two institutions, USA Football conducted its Heads Up Football FUNdamentals clinic, which introduces children to football by teaching basic skills in a FUN and energetic environment.
Certified clinicians use a series of drills to show passing, catching and running skills in a non-contact setting. All skills and drills selected are based on USA Football’s Player Progression Development Model, ensuring children are learning in an age-appropriate manner and creating an ideal atmosphere for FUN!
For more information on USA Football and its programs, visit usafootball.com.