Felix, an athlete on the CFK Sprinters.
For over a decade, CFK's Sports Association has been giving Kiberan youth the opportunity to focus their time and energy on improving their talents, teaching them about life skills, and fostering collaboration and leadership. At first, the organization's sole focus was on soccer, but then a new program was introduced: competitive jump rope.
Now five years old, CFK's jump rope initiative has expanded from a bright idea into a full-fledged organization, with an elite team that has performed across Kenya, East Africa, and the world. The newly-minted Jump Rope Association of Kenya holds the same ideals with which it started: foster work ethic, creativity, and peace through collaborative sport and play. Jump rope not only unites athletes as a team, but also provides a distinctive learning environment to teach youth about topics like gender-based violence, nutrition, leadership, and the importance of staying in school.
Recently, we caught up with a couple of rope-skippers on the CFK Sprinters, to ask them about what they like most about practice, how jump rope has positively affected them, and what dreams they have. Check out what Felix, 15, had to say below!
Where do you stay? I live in Gatwekera village in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya.
What’s the hardest part of your day? What’s challenging for you? The hardest part of my day is my domestic chores. It’s hard to learn new skills like my peers, but I keep trying and push through.
When you don’t get to play, how do you feel? I get sore, so I try to keep active.
How do you feel when you play? When I skip rope, I feel good and fit. It gives me energy to do other things.
What does play mean to you? “Play” helps me gain discipline and keep healthy.
How has play positively impacted your life? What does play enable you to do? Playing impacts me positively because it helps me make new friends and avoid bad situations and company. It enables me to enjoy life and maximize my time by involving myself in positive activities.
What are your dreams? What do you want to be? Some of my dreams are studying space, since I’m good in physics. I also am interested in geography. Overall, I think I’ll be happy if I’m a respected member of society. With jump rope, I’d like to become a trainer to help young people learn to skip rope.