Tulsa, Oklahoma – Two Catholic parishes in North Tulsa are trying to bring football to the area. Father Celestine Obidiegwu said he saw an opportunity to bring the football league to his backyard.
His parish has about 10 acres of vacant land. He thinks it is appropriate to turn it into a football stadium, where multiple leagues can be played.
“These kids want to participate in a football league. You know, they don’t want to just play football, no. They want to participate in a league where they can compete and win trophies, but not every parent in northern Tulsa can pay $300 for more. Play in the big leagues,” Father Obi Digwu said.
Father C serves in the parish of St. Augustine near Apache and Peoria. He not only has a heart for his congregation, but also for everyone in the community.
Every Sunday after Mass, you will find him playing football with local children in the backyard of the parish.
“It started from my background, I’m from Nigeria, you know, I played football, from high school to university, when I was in seminary, that was the source of this strong desire,” Father Obi Digwu said .
His personal enthusiasm for the sport has made him turn the open space into the realm of dreams.
“How honored and honored we are to be one of them. It is always good to help children define, perfect and cultivate these basic and wonderful talents,” he said.
He hopes that this sport will keep children physically active and stay away from trouble.
His goal is to allow families who often cannot afford uniforms or league expenses to participate in the sport.
Kimberly Allen is the grandmother of one of the players.
“It means a lot, because, you know, some kids can’t afford what they need, you know, but they want to play in order to go out and look the same, and I wear the same thing, that means a lot, “Allen said.
Within two weeks, they raised funds to pay for uniforms and league games for 50 children in the area.
“Each of them received free football boots, free jerseys, shin guards and free registration,” said Father Obi Digwu.
They currently have two football fields available, but Father C said they want to expand because more kids want to play.
Before they can do this, they must upgrade the land for proper drainage.
The Catholic Churches of St. Augustine and Santa Monica are seeking help from the public because these repairs cost between US$120,000 and US$150,000.
If you want to donate to the church, you can call 918-428-3280 or 918-607-8681.
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