The Jakaya M. Kikwete Youth Park (JMK Park), located in the heart of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is a non-profit organization that was established in 2015 by Symbion Power, in partnership with English Football Club Sunderland AFC (SAFC) and the National Basketball Association (NBA). To address the challenges faced by young people in Tanzania, this state-of-the-art sporting facility harnesses the power of sport to help youth lead healthy lives, develop core values of teamwork, discipline, respect, and self-esteem, and to acquire the personal and social skills they need to interact positively with one another, and deal constructively with various real-life situations. Through sports we help bolster their physical, psychological, emotional, and social well-being.
JMK Park is a safe and engaging environment for young people. A wide range of free programs target the most vulnerable girls and boys of all ages and provide them with the opportunity to engage and participate in competitive sports in a world-class facility. Our programs are especially relevant for the most marginalized youth, with a particular focus on girls and those with disabilities. Since its establishment in 2015, JMK Park has reached over 100,000 participants.