Former Broncs athletes help build community in Uganda and promote football camp

Visiting Kern Valley band joining local youngsters to get up to speed. | Submitted

A group of exceptional athletes from Kern Valley High School have joined a team from Kern County Youth for Christ (YFC) ministries on an adventure to Africa to help build community, promote football and s’ take care of young people in the region.

On June 21, five Broncs graduates and the Kern Valley YFC contingent began an unforgettable experience. The team led by YFC Directors Ed and Terri Capehart departed LAX Airport (Los Angeles) for Matugga, Uganda, West Africa, where YFC has an international facility. The 36-hour flight included stops in Newark, New Jersey and Brussels, Belgium, before finally landing at Entebbe Airport, Uganda.

Kern Valley High School alumni included Dalton Gallis, Class of 2015; Kaden Preston, Class of 2021; Vincent Pearman, class of 2021; Spencer Hansen, Class of 2021 and Noah Alexander, Class of 2021. With the help of Youth for Christ and The Church at the Square, the five former Broncs were able to secure the funds and time needed to pursue their selfless dreams. The team traveled to Africa with the aim of helping local villages build necessary structures including chicken coops, assist with daily activities, promote the football camp and help local youth.

Youth for Christ of Kern County, an affiliate chapter of Youth for Christ USA, began in 1958. Youth for Christ is an independent, interfaith organization that partners with churches and community organizations.

Last year, YFC worked with an average of 1,401 young people per week: On campus with clubs, large events and camps; and in institutions with chapel services, Bible studies, life skills training, special events, and aftercare programs. They have also worked with pregnant and parenting teens through mentoring and training programs.

YFC’s mission statement is to mobilize caring adults and student leaders to meet the physical, social, mental and spiritual needs of youth in Kern County through collaborations and partnerships with churches, schools, institutions and local community programs.

Kern County has a population of over 98,032 middle and high school students. Churches and faith-based youth organizations in the county provide ongoing services to approximately 30,000 of these young people. The Youth for Christ challenge is to increase their involvement through volunteers and partnerships to serve the county’s entire youth population.

The ministry team will return home on Wednesday and the crew are expected to take home life-changing experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

Those who want help or need advice can contact Youth for Christ Kern County at 661-323-9041 or

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