DAY SEVEN: TOURNAMENT DAY

Have you ever noticed how fast the sunset happens? The sky looks normal, and then its beautiful, and then everything is blue, and then its pitch black out...all within five minutes. And if you blink you felt like you missed it. Thats how this trip felt. I blinked and all of a sudden it was the last day. The good thing though was that I didn't miss a second. And I mean, this last day was about to be awesome, but none the less, the last day. 

Today was THE DAY. The day we had spent months planning for. TOURNAMENT DAY. When we woke up the kids were already in school...but not for long. By 9am they were out and the schools from around the area were arriving on busses. Our entire trip team was up and ready for a day of never ending fun. Jordan and I tied our bandanas around our necks and headed outside. 

THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM

THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM

JORDAN WATCHING ALL THE TEAMS ARRIVE

JORDAN WATCHING ALL THE TEAMS ARRIVE

TAYLOR MEETING ONE OF THE PLAYERS AND HEARING ABOUT HIS SCHOOL YEAR SO FAR

TAYLOR MEETING ONE OF THE PLAYERS AND HEARING ABOUT HIS SCHOOL YEAR SO FAR

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We knew there was about to be a huge Cleats Count tournament but we had nooooo idea just how excited Tumaini was. When we got to the other side of the field, the students were setting up a tent for us to sit under because there was a chance of rain (If you were wondering. It rained. Hard). Next to the tent was a huge speaker they set up for announcing the play by play. I mean this thing was rigged FIFA style. IT. WAS. AWESOME. 

 
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The teams rolled in and started PROFESSIONAL LOOKING warm ups. The best part was that most of them had an African twist to them; some type of dancing or singing. 

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Soon everyone gathered around the back of the field. I said a few words, thanking them for having us and then we got to it. I ended up reffing the first game which was soooo fun. I had never reffed a game in America, never mind in Kenya, but they made me feel so okay. I think I did alright too. Well...besides that one slide tackle from the back that I may or may not have let go because both players came up laughing. 

The games were intense, fast and fun. The students that weren't playing lined the field and screamed at the top of their lungs every time someone got within 18 of the goal. When someone scored? Forget it. I couldn't even hear myself think. These kids AND adults were awesome. After the tournament we had the cleat ceremony. We waited until the end because the cleats were the reward for hard work in the classroom and on the field. 

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I could honestly go on for days about Tournament Day, but I think the pictures from the whole day do it way more justice. And remember how I mentioned sunsets? This was just as beautiful. 

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WE HAD SO MANY AMAZING PEOPLE HELP US GET HERE...SO WE TAGGED THEIR NAME ON THE CLEATS WHEN THEY WERE DELIVERED. CHECK OUT OUR FULL CLEAT TAG GALLERY TO FIND YOURS!!