Recreation is considered a therapy, not only for physical fitness, but also for sound mind that embraces peace and unity of any society.
As embedded in an old adage, all work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.
So, this was manifested by President George Weah at the weekend, when he dedicated a modern recreational facility known as the Invincible Sports Pack, situated on a stretch of land between the James Spriggs Payne Airfield and the main Boulevard in Sinkor.
The site is one of the first places in Monrovia where the Soccer Legend used to practice during his youthful days, so it is given the credit for producing the first Liberian and the first African to have won the FIFA World Best Footballer title, and the European Ballon d’Ór.”
The transformation of the piece of land into an iconic recreational hub for Liberian youth is another testimony of the Liberian Leader’s vision to put the country on the international development map.
Following months of intensive works on the construction of the Park, President Weah on Friday, April 15, dedicated the facility, terming the moment a glorious opportunity to unveil his dreams and aspirations for the happiness and well-being of the Liberian people.
“Today, I am the 24th President of Africa’s First Independent Republic, because of characteristics which have been embedded in me from sports. “
These characteristics: perseverance, respect, discipline and teamwork, are core values of sports that must be demonstrated by young people, if they are to become successful in their career development”, the Liberian Leader averred.
Indeed, as a legendary sports icon, President Weah made no mistake, when he spoke of holding very dearly, the concept of sport as a national development tool.
That is why we say hats off to the President and team for the timely completion of the project, which began in 2021.
The move, we believe, is an opportunity for young people of Liberia to scout their potentials and engage into positive ventures for peace and harmony in the Country.
We also hail the President for his farsightedness in naming the different facilities at the Sports Park after several eminent Liberian personalities, who contributed to sports development in the country.
We join calls by the President admonishing Liberians to ensure the cleanliness of the park at all times, with a caveat also, that no alcohol or drugs be sold at the park.
Now that the Park is opened to the public, maintenance should be a collective responsibility.
By: Vi ctor D . Kezelee, Sr.