Daystar Falcons Host Floodlights 2018
On September 18, the Daystar FALCONS successfully hosted Floodlights 2018 at the Athi River campus. For the first time since the event began in 2011, the Falcons invited teams from other campuses, key among them Lukenya Boys’ High School, Lukenya Girls’ High School, Machakos University, and USIU-Africa. Despite a last minute cancellation of the Machakos University team following student unrest and closure of the university, the event ran smoothly, featuring Sound and DJ services by E-Sounds Company and Lights by Advertro. Not only did students have fun by watching competitive games, skills challenge, 3-point shooting challenge and dunking competitions, but also some of players who are not part of the school team played competitive games for Daystar Select while some participated and were awarded medals for competitions involving the crowd like the crowd free throw competition.
Daystar Co-Founders Dr. and Mrs. Smith were in attendance and gave speeches on the importance of sport for student life, highlighting how sports becomes a part of someone that even though age catches up, one still enjoys being a part of by watching for example.
During the competition which went way past 11:30pm, the Falcons men won 31-27 against USIU. Other games included the Falcons vs the Falcons alumni and the climax was the final game of the night where International students played Kenyans.
The Floodlights event exceeded its objective of bring unity through sport, with USIU promising to host a similar competition. An elated DUSA Sports Secretary Evans Chepsiror added that the event also created awareness about sports, with some students committing to join the school team which has been struggling with numbers.
Most importantly, Chepsiror observes that students had much fun. He added that his office will be working with the Administration to ensure the provision of quality public address system for sports events, Floodlights for extended training time and lighting the court for such an event, and repair of the second court for the smooth running of the tournament.
“I noticed that homeground is vital in winning matches. With proper facilities we have capacity to host KUSA tournaments which happen every weekend from mid September to late April with a break in December, and even our annual Daystar Sports Day which would be a good avenue for marketing and building the Daystar brand. This will also go a long way in cutting expenditure incurred travelling out for leagues and tournaments,” said Chepsiror.