We acquired the “Nairobi City Stars” football club in April 2019 when they were a struggling community-based club in Kawangware, Nairobi, about to be relegated from National Super League, the second tier of the Kenya Football League. As of December 2019, with the right structure and management in place, we are currently first in the League.
Our goal is to be promoted to the Kenya Premier League in 2020 and open a youth Academy.
In line with our support of sports in the community, the Jonathan Jackson Foundation acquired the Nairobi City Stars. Nairobi City Stars is an association football club based in Nairobi, Kenya and an active part of the community fabric of the Kawangware informal settlement community. They currently compete in the second tier Kenyan National Super League. Sport plays an important role in unifying a community, we encourage all fans to rally behind our club “Simba wa Nairobi”
Bakee Mtaani is the program we designed to introduce basketball into the communities.
Sports has the capacity to change lives, if you are involved in it from an early age it provides discipline and allows you to be more focused as you develop.
We plan to build 40 basketball courts (full, half and quarter) in different communities within Nairobi. The courts we build will also serve as a platform for getting coaches and trainers through structured programs to work with the local community youth.
Sports and basketball in particular when done in an organized way inspires positive community spirit, good health and enjoyment for the youths living in informal settlements across Nairobi.
Our programs will include; identification and construction of basketball courts, sourcing equipment, implementing training for coaches and referees to oversee basketball tournaments and comprehensive training programs for the youths to learn the sport and ensure high levels of participation.
Exposure to professional basketball players, life skills, camaraderie and fellowship among the youth and basketball scholarships to make a career from the sport are all part of the long-term agenda of this weekly initiative.