Posta Rangers Football Club, whose slogan is “Touching Lives”, was formed during a split between the now-defunct Kenya Post and Telecommunications Corporation (KP&TC). The team branded as Posta Rangers Football Club and is duly registered with the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs.
The Postal Corporation of Kenya formed sporting teams specifically for the purpose of competing in the annual Kenya Communication Sporting Organization (KECOSO) Games. Due to football’s positive impact around the globe, Posta Kenya’s management embraced the team and thus incorporated it as a Corporate Social Responsibility program, as well as working with the team as a marketing and publicity ambassador for the corporation to enhance the corporate image and visibility.
Between 2006 and 2010, Posta Kenya sponsored Posta Rangers FC while it participated in the Kenya Football Federation Nationwide League. This sponsorship assisted with the development of the team in advance of their promotion to the top tier league in December 2015. Postal Corporation of Kenya was the sole sponsor of the team until Lotto Foundation joined as a co-sponsor in January 2017.
The Foundation gave a grant of Ksh 15,000,000 to supplement Postal Corporation of Kenya’s sponsorship in key areas such as match bonuses, training allowances, and per diem allowances for accommodation for away matches.
The Wambia Memorial Tournament was established in 2006 by a patron of Muhaka footclub – Mr Wambia – in response to pleas from young footballers who yearned for a more formal opportunity to display their skills and compete with other local talent.
It is now held annually and has grown over the years, attracting participants from Khwisero and Gem Constituencies. Due to its success, the organizing committee recently relocated the tournament to Lwanda Dudi Secondary School where there is a large and level playing field.
Local women now have an opportunity to sell sugarcane, groundnuts, sweets, and bananas at the events and are thus empowered economically. Socially, incidences of new HIV/Aids infections have reduced and low crime rates have been observed among the youths.
The Tournament has also created avenues for networking with like-minded personalities and institutions – most notably, the Ministry of Sports. The Foundation gave a grant of Ksh 1,500,000.
Lotto Foundation was the silver sponsor of the SOYA Awards 2017. The
SOYA Awards is an annual ceremony founded by Mr.Paul Tergat who is
a renowned athlete and sports ambassador to reward the sports men
and women who have excelled in their respective fields.
As Silver Sponsor of the SOYA (Sports Personality of the Year) Awards 2016, Lotto Foundation showed further commitment to communities and sport in Kenya, two of our four key mandates. We believe that sports initiatives, especially at the grassroots level, can positively impact communities both socially and economically. We are committed to supporting all manner of sporting endeavors as a way of encouraging our youth to pursue sports as a viable and rewarding career option.
The legendary track runner turned national sport ambassador, Mr. Paul Tergat, founded the SOYA Awards in 2004 to reward sportsmen and sportswomen who have excelled in their respective field. An annual ceremony is held to celebrate these rising sporting stars. The theme this year revolved around inspiring greatness, with a clear moral message for the sporting fraternity – “Say No to Doping”.
Lotto Foundation chairman, Mr Brian Waluchio said that “It was great to see many secondary schools nominated as we need to encourage the young people to pursue their sporting talents to the highest level”. The Foundation gave a grant of Ksh 3,000,000.
IAAF Cross Country Championships
Trials: Uhuru Gardens
Cross-country Championship events in the past have been a successful platform for the discovery of potential athletic legends. Earlier this year the AK & Lotto Foundation National Cross Country championships were held on February 18th Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi.
The first six competitors across the finish-line under each category were selected to join the Kenya National Team, representing their country at the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda in March 2017. Lotto Foundation gave a grant of Ksh 12,000,000 to facilitate the team’s activities.
The Baringo Half Marathon is an Athletics Kenya (AK) sanctioned road race that is a key component in the Kenya National Half Marathon event schedule. Popularised and patronised by the International Olympics Committee (IOC) members and renowned local Olympic runners, the race is a popular meeting point for both established and upcoming athletes and draws its participants from far and wide, including Koibatek, Marakwet, Laikipia, Keiyo, Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Nyandarua, Kisii, Machakos, Nairobi and Kajiado (Ngong) regions.
The marathon provides opportunities for discovering and developing young running talent and makes a worthy contribution to the economic and social well being of the community. Lotto Foundation gave a grant of Ksh 4 million, which went towards mobilizing athletes in the community, touring schools to identify student talent, and encouraging participation in the marathon. These local students and aspiring athletes will then be trained and mentored by professionals.
With up to 40,000 spectators participating, the Marathon is regionally recognized as a forum advocating for peace and mitigating tribalism. The event is also dedicated to creating awareness of poverty, educating and empowering youth, and reducing criminality while fostering potential athletic careers.
Lotto Foundation was among the pioneers who first pledged financial support to the Kenyan Olympic Effort for Rio 2016. Our contribution supported one of the most successful teams in Kenyan sporting history. The Kenyan Rugby 7s team was amongst the first teams to feature in the newly integrated Olympic Rugby 7s competition and advanced to the final qualifying round of the Games. The Lotto Foundation also funded Road to Rio training camps at Eldoret, Nandi, and Kasarani.
While focused on these heroes of our time, the Foundation’s commitment extended to the development of future Olympic titans by supporting the Kenya Youth team in the Commonwealth Games 2015 in Samoa. Without this support, the team confirmed that they would not have been in a position to participate– as such, it was a great honor to ensure their dreams of representing their country could be realized. Lotto Foundation supported the team with a grant of Ksh 40,000,000.
Team Kenya homecoming celebrations
Kenya performed extraordinarily at the 2016 Olympiad Rio Olympics in Brazil, such that a ceremony for Team Kenya medalists was in order to demonstrate an appreciation for their gallant efforts on behalf of our motherland. The event was held on 16th December 2016 in Nandi Bears Club, Nandi Hills, and saw medalists from the various counties – namely Nandi, Elgeyo Marakwet, Narok, Kisii, Nakuru and Nyeri – gathered for a feast and a colorful ceremony during which tokens of appreciation were awarded.
The union of athletes from both the main Olympics and those from Paralympics created a huge sense of unity and affirmation, particularly for the athletes with disabilities. Having already substantially sponsored the preparations for Rio in association with the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK), Lotto Foundation, was honored to facilitate this celebration ceremony with a grant of Ksh 2 million.