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.