All of us at AoC are deeply honored to recently have had the opportunity to meet Rwandan President Kagame. Team AoC and friends, along with Coach Tony and children of the Ibirunga Tennis & Running Club, waited patiently in the sunshine which turned into rainfall which eventually turned into the evening darkness leaving us very skeptical as to whether or not we would actually meet His Excellency.
Coach Tony’s wife, Olive, and their twins with sweet Assumpta and Clementine. Harriet and a group of tennis players and runners.
The morning of that day as Coach Tony raced me around the tennis court for a glorious hour of exercise, I noticed banana trees being placed along the main road which signals preparatory measures of a VIP passing through.
Innocent, Olivier, Alberto, and Valerie at the tennis courts…waiting. I hold our gift to President Kagame with Valerie, Innocent, and children standing by. The president’s motorcade approaches!
Back at the office, Harriet tweeted President Kagame with an invitation to stop by Ibirunga Tennis & Running Club as the children had a gift for him. He tweeted Harriet back with an OK, thank you!
Welcoming the president. The children are elated and shake hands with their president.
Recently the children confessed to Coach Tony that they wished they were more recognized by the district. I think their desire was remarkably surpassed after meeting the president! The exhilaration shown on their faces is something I will never forget.
President Kagame with members of Ibirunga Tennis & Running Club, Coach Tony, and AoC members and friends.
Occasionally spontaneous ideas turn into reality, with the brilliance of Harriet’s Tweets, that benefits a whole lot of children by lifting their spirits and confidence. Ah, so wonderful! We are grateful to you, Mr. President.
Graciously accepting the t-shirt, President Kagame says it is just the right size.
We walk home singing and dancing.