In July of this year, Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn took an eight-day trip to the East African country of Tanzania to help open a school for 300 children of the Masai Tribe. The school was built for students in grades kindergarten through third.
ESPN’s “NFL Sunday Countdown” ran a six-minute documentary on the trip on Dec. 1, where Lynn can be seen visiting with local children and talking to organizers.
In the clip, he also mentioned there are 8,500 people who live in the Masai village in Lanjani, Tanzania, but only 10 of them have received a formal education so far.
Lynn’s wife Stacey, as well as his daughter Danielle and son D’Anton, accompanied him on the trip. And the school was built through a partnership between the coach’s Lynn Family Foundation and the nonprofit Privilege 2 Serve, run by his friend Ravi Reddy.
Besides building the school, Lynn said he and others had to figure out how to provide the residents and students with clean water, plus figure out how to get those children who live far away to travel to the school.
The video shows Lynn being driven to the facility, which he said took him about 30 minutes on a paved road and about three hours on a bumpy, dirt road.
Once there, he walked around the building and watched a ceremony be performed by the Masai that was done to bless the school.
Lynn also addressed the tribe members, as well as the students, and explained to them how the Tanzania trip affected him.
“You’ve made me a better husband, a better father and I thank you for that,” he said through an interpreter. “You go over to impact lives, and yet at the end of the day it’s your life that’s being impacted.”
Once the video aired, the coach’s followers let him know how much they appreciate his efforts.
“What a powerful and beautiful impact your foundation has made!” one person tweeted on Sunday. “God bless you and all those involved in investing in the children of our future.”
“Love this man,” another person tweeted.