My Early Days
With The Games
I started hassling at a young age shortly after coming to Canada from Africa. I had to do something extraordinary in order to escape poverty. Also with the stigma of the Canadian youth being overwhelmingly obese, I decided to do something about it, at least to raise awareness of the silent killer. I made physical activities fun by substituting simple games all youth can play. I started very young with the vision that is I was still in high school at 16. However technology then especially in the 90's where not with the games. As you may see, everything was all about charity but nothing for me. Unfortunately I had to put my dream to a halt at least with charity.
I had given up but not forgotten until one faithful morning in April 2015. My family was going through our photo album and discovered the photographs of the games. I just finished college as a network technician. I spent the whole year looking for work with no luck. With two mouth to feed and a student loan to pay, I got mad and got off my butt. I started looking for solutions within myself.
The new life with the games started June 2015 that’s when we started playing. It became a dance on the green as you read through. These are the historic games Pictac, Pitchball and Longputt. During my early days I played with my friends most competitively and for fun. Yup the games had rules and a way of playing.
How to play Pictac
Well pictac is one of my first games boring to tell the truth. I came up with that game in a duplex basement with my brother Johny During cold days in the basement 14 at the time we where left with nothing but a full basement to play. So instead of looking at snow we envisioned being at the golf course playing. We had a green turf carpet in the basement, someone gave it to us. We drew target areas where the ball should land in order to get points. The idea of the little circles marked the position you had to be in order to start playing. You scored a point when you hit the ball from your home area and the ball landed in the circle target area.
Pitchball Game without rules
Pitchball at the time used a small ball. The same ball we used in Pictac the first game. One reason we used the same ball, we didn't have money to buy bigger balls. So we improvised and made it with the little we had. However then Pitchball was fun playing even back then. The idea of the game was to keep the ball running back and forth none stop or else the other team scores a point. The game is very similar to tennis but on the budget with all you had. The game changed shortly after my kids complained of not being able to strike the little ball from the ground.
Shortly after the kids complained of not being able to strike the ball from the ground. We changed the ball to a bigger size ball. I had game rules and guidelines for safety, however the rules too completely disappeared as everyone was having fun. The only rule we maintained was the distance between players for safety and the game took off on its own.
The no rules games took on a new meaning. It showed me that everyone could play. And not just play, it encouraged everyone to play including my family and strangers at the park. The games had their own unique posture, moves and style. Everyone was a super star. For the family these are great memories to be cherished for a long time.A picture is worth a million words, but this is truly a dance on the green. What other game do this?
See everyone is a super star and memories are made. You can do the same thing with your family. And I promise your moves will be way cooler than Michael Jordan's signature move straight in your family portraits.
By Frank Kigozi