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President Obama Knows Me?

It’s always awkward when someone recognizes you, and calls you by name, but you haven’t the slightest who they are. Well, that’s not what happened here, I know who president Obama is, but I’ve never met him. However, I didn’t realize he knew me!

In all seriousness, I found this video because I came across this fun new website: https://youglish.com/

The site filters YouTube for real-life examples of how any word is pronounced. Naturally, one of the words I entered was my name, and I found this video. Try it out, especially good for non-native speakers.

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WUCC 2018 Cincinnati – World Ultimate Club Championships

Kisumu Frisbee Club

Kenya nchi nzuri, Hakuna Matata.

21 players came together in Cincinnati, Ohio to represent Kisumu Frisbee club in the 2018 World Ultimate Club Championships!

We brought a team together of 9 players from Kenya, 1 player from Uguanda, 10 players from USA and 1 player from Spain. Six More Kenyan players tried unsuccessfully to make the trip, but they were denied visas 😞.

Highlight video from our game vs UCT Flying Tigers from South Africa!

I’ll be honest, I was busy, you know, playing at the time, but here’s a timeline of how it went!

We made this happen!

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Amazing catch from the women’s semi-final, by Laura Ospina from Revolution (Colombia)
SportsCenter #3 on the daily Top 10
I was sitting right there for the catch, amazing!

If you’re interested you can view our team page here: http://results.wucc2018.com/?view=teamcard&team=79

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Help Get My Kenyan Teammates to Worlds in Cincinnati

There is a group of people who could use your support. The World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC) is taking place in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA / 14 - 21 of July 2018. I am honored and proud to be playing with KFC - Kisumu Frisbee Club, a team based out of Kisumu, Kenya in East Africa.

As you can imagine, the trip from Kenya to Cincinnati is long and expensive. The local players are reaching out to the ultimate frisbee community and the world for help. That is where you come in. Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated. You can support the cause by purchasing Team Kenya gear from their website: https://www.kenyaultimate.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

Alternatively, there is a GoFundMe page that has been started if you are willing to donate directly to the cause. Again, anything you can spare is appreciated and put to a good cause! More info below:

***100% of all donations go directly to funding the tournament costs of 12 low-income Kenyan-citizen players in WUCC 2018. ***

What we need:
Kisumu Frisbee Club, one of the best ultimate clubs in East Africa, has been awarded a bid to bring a Mixed team to the prestigious 2018 World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC) in Cincinnati, Ohio. We have fully committed to going, but it is prohibitively expensive for Kenyans, whose average annual income is about $1,200. We need donations in the form of:

1. Money: $27,480 to field a team ($10,000 by March 31st and $17,480 more by May 31st, 2018)
2. Corporate sponsorship
3. Buy our jerseys!
4. Airline miles: Let us use those miles you've been sitting on! American, United, Delta, British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, and Air Canada miles can all be used for Nairobi-Cincinnati flights, and we'll handle the flight searching. Send an email to KenyaFrisbee@gmail.com to let us know what kind of miles you can donate.
5. Visibility: Help us spread the word - share our story with your friends, family and team!

Why we need support:
Kenyans' average annual income is 1/25th of Americans': USD $1,200 compared to $31,000. WUCC 2018 is estimated to cost more than twice that, at $2,590 per person:

Player fee: $400
Team fee: $80
Airfare: $1,000 (or $100-300 with help of airline miles)
Visa+fees: $250
Lodging: $360 ($40/night for 9 nights)
Food/drink: $350 ($35/day for 10 days)
Ground transportation: $150
Jerseys+shorts: $0 (thanks @DoubleHappiness!)
Total: $2,590

Kisumu Frisbee Club has 12 low-income players (7 men and 5 women) who need sponsorship, and each sponsored player has pledged to pay $300 (i.e. 3 months' salary) out of her/his own pocket. Therefore we will need $2,290 in support per sponsored player, totaling $27,480.

Where your money goes: 
100% of donations will go directly to the tournament costs for low-income native Kenyan-citizen players. All of the non-Kenyan-citizen players will be covering all of our costs individually. The primary US-based volunteer organizer, Michael McGuirk, will be managing the payment of WUCC player fees, transportation and lodging. If the team is not able to attend WUCC for some reason, all of the campaign funds will go to the Kisumu Frisbee Club to support their future efforts to develop the sport of ultimate frisbee and its community in Kenya.

More about us:
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We are Kisumu Frisbee Club. Thank you for helping us get to WUCC 2018!

Esther Omuseni (C)
Erick Onyango (C)
Allan Lemtudo
Mercy Mbago
Clement Masakhwe
Terence Ogendo
Michael McGuirk
Catherine Alungwa
Jack Oyando
Winnie Omollo
Kimita Gathii
John Waitumbi
Josphat Nyataya
Benard Nyadida
Rachel Githii
Ronald Ottichilo
Kyle McPheron

 
 
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Opening Ceremony #WCBU 2015 Dubai

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A hike up to Monkey Rock in Kajuju

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An amazing spot to watch the sun go down past Lake Victoria

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A walk through Kakamega rainforest