Aug. 8, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn.--Yale junior midfielder Mike Barry and 12 friends will be climbing Mt. Kiliminjaro later this month in order to raise money for the Kucetekela Foundation (KF). Barry started KF with his older brother Oliver, a former Princeton lacrosse captain, and sister Lillian '08, to improve the educational opportunities for the children of Zambia.
Mt. Kiliminjaro is the tallest peak in Africa, standing 5,895 meters (19,340 feet) above sea level. Barry will begin his ascent at the 800-meter mark and climb the remaining 5,095 meters to the mountain's summit. He is asking for "per-meter" donations to raise money for KF.
The Barry sibilings started KF in order to provide scholarships and educational opportunities to Zambian children. "Kucetekela" means "hope" in one of the major Zambian languages. The foundation's mission statement reads: "To develop leaders and create hope in Zambia by equipping academically promising but financially disadvantaged students with outstanding education and guidance to empower them to contribute and compete successfully." Thanks to KF, Zambian children in grades 8-12 are provided with scholarships and the opportunity to attend high-quality, private secondary schools.
Barry appeared in eight games last season and scored a goal in the Bulldogs' 18-5 win over Manhattan.
For more information or to make a donation, e-mail Mike at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Kucetekela Foundation website: www.kucetekelafoundation.org.