By Steve Breazeale
Dana Hills sophomore Drew Falk is looking to help spread the sport of rugby to the children of Rwanda, the small central African nation. To help make his dream a reality, Falk has partnered with Kids Play International, an organization devoted to promoting gender equality between boys and girls in regions impacted by genocide.
Falk will travel with 10 to 12 other volunteers on the goodwill mission from July 19 to July 29.
Falk has been playing rugby since the age of 7 and believes the sport will instantly resonate with children.
“This will be the first year Kids Play International brings rugby into the program. It’s a more common sport in Africa and it will be good because it’s easier to learn just by playing it,” Falk said.
Falk has been raising funds to help cover the cost of travel as well as the cost of the equipment he will take with him. After the one-week instructional period Falk will leave behind all of the equipment for the children to use.
“I am hoping to make rugby a successful part of (the trip) and keep it going not just for this trip but for other trips on this program,” Falk said.
Falk’s target fundraising goal is $6,000 and as of April 11, he is halfway there. For more information or to donate, visit www.volunteerforever.com/volunteer_profile/andrew-falk .