February 18, 2015 4:11 PM
“I’m trying to build something that lasts longer than me,” said Freeman, who is 67.
What he, Mariama Sy Freeman and their team have built is an after-school program that trains girls in double Dutch jump rope and teaches young men and women to become coaches and mentors.
The Freemans’ nonprofit International Medalist Association supports recreational team sports for thousands of Guinean girls ages 6 to 17 who traditionally get little physical exercise beyond housekeeping, walking or dancing. In the crowded capital city of one of the world’s poorest countries, “there are no Boys and Girls Clubs,” Ron Freeman said.