BY MAXY ABENAITWE
Uganda Christian University (UCU) sports department ended the year 2019 in celebrations and with a sumptuous dinner.
The Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Dr. John Senyonyi hosted the sportsmen and women for a dinner on December 13 at the Vice-Chancellor’s gardens at the main campus in Mukono. The colorful function began with a prayer before the speeches started.
The key speakers included the Sports coordinator Cornelious Engwenyu, the sports administrator Samuel Lukaire, and Bridget Mugume the Director of Student Affairs(DOSA) and David Mugawe, the deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration.
The DOSA said UCU is very committed to promoting talent. She requested the players to take the opportunity given to them very seriously. “Some of you are going to leave UCU as professional players, do not take this for granted. Use this chance and get all that you need,”Mugume said.
“Always leave a mark in everything you do. People should always talk about you because of the values you hold. Portray them every where and even off the pitch,” Mugawe advised the players.
He also said the university is trying to increase investment in sports. He informed the UCU community that they are trying to approach some partners so that they can grow UCU sports to a more professional level.
Dr John Mulindwa Kitayimbwa the deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs and Dr. Senyonyi handed over awards to the champions and coaches of the different leagues and tournaments.
Those who were awarded included the Cardinals who won the 2019 University Football League, the lady Cardinals for winning the 2018/2019 FUFA Women Elite League Champions, and the Doves for winning the club championship league.
Dr. Senyonyi thanked the sportsmen and women for uplifting the image of the university through their great performance and discipline. For years, UCU has been voted the most disciplined in the Ugandan sports section.
Dr. Senyonyi advised the sportsmen and women to concentrate on their academics since it’s the main reason they are at the University. “You are sportsmen and women but you came as students. You are going to do sports for 10 years, then after what? You need a profession. You need to know where you are going. Have a goal. We are not looking on to sportsmen who keep on franking,” he emphasised. The function ended at around 10:00pm with a merrymaking.