“To be honest, I never ever had friends from other ethnic groups in my school, but I am so happy to have Indian and Chinese friends here in this program,” said Sakonlawat Khetboon, a student who, with sixty-three other secondary students from the Kuala Lumpur inner city district of Sentul, attended a 3-day, 2-night Midnight Football Leadership Camp, on October 14-16, 2011.
The following day teams performed community service in the town, and also talked with community members to understand their concerns. The service project gained support from the Broga police, who spoke with the youth about the real experience of living in jail as a harsh consequence of engaging in criminal acts.
|“Midnight Football is a good program for students, and football can become an effective instrument to build the character and discipline. The lessons from the game and the whole project can be applied in all aspects of life.”|
On the last night of the camp, participants were touched and even shed tears as each related stories from their sometimes difficult lives.