I FAKED THIS PHOTO BECAUSE I WAS IN DANGER
Posted by Mike Foster:
The photo above is 100% fake. I am pretending that I am playing Rugby. The tackle I am making is completely bogus and totally staged.
The people who play "real" Rugby are tough, strong and can take a hit. I"m not one of those people.
The guy I am pretending to tackle is actually a REAL rugby player. In fact, he had a black eye from being kicked in the face on a play. He is also a giant and could snap me in half if he wanted to.
SO LET ME TALK ABOUT WHAT IS REAL AND GENUINE!
But the Nak Suu Tigers aren"t just your typical rugby team. They are part of a rugby academy lead by Sopo Fakaua, his wife Nicole, and a bunch of incredible volunteers.
Sopo is a New Zealand-born Samoan who felt called to help at-risk children here in Bangkok. (Btw, I wish I had a cool name like Sopo!)
The goal of Nak Suu Tigers Rugby Academy is to have a lasting impact in the lives of young people through rugby training and life skill development; building trust, hope, self-esteem and courage to impact and better their future.
So I got to participate and help out with the practice and skill training. I let kids casino pokies online tackle and run into me. I fetched balls. Got nice and dirty. And sweated like a dog on a hot and humid day in Thailand. (Btw, I did the skills testing too. Here is PROOF! )
The kids in the program had a blast. I even took my son Jackson with me and except for the fact that he almost passed out from the heat, he is now a huge rugby fan.
That Saturday I watched Sopo and his team of volunteers encourage, teach, love and open the door to a better future for these precious children.
Though the photo of me playing rugby is fake, the Nak Suu Tigers and the ministry of Ark International are the real deal.