Alex Davies Waruingi Mbugua - Football for Beginners

Alex Davies Waruingi Mbugua, a dedicated youth football coach, knows that the details of the sport can seem overwhelming to those who have no working knowledge of the game. There is an art to it that he deeply enjoys, and he loves sharing his passion for the game with those who are new to it by introducing the basics, such as the following:

  • Each team is comprised of eleven players, and one team will have possession of the ball at any given point. The team in possession of the ball is called the offense and tries to advance the ball down the field to the end zone. The other team, or the defense, will try to block the offensive team from scoring the goal.
  • The game is divided into four quarters comprised of fifteen minutes each with a twelve-minute break at halftime. At the end of the first and third quarters, there is a two-minute break to allow both teams ample time to change from one end of the field to the other.
  • Each team is divided into three parts: offense, defense, and special teams who come in for particular kicking situations. The offense is responsible for advancing the ball down the field while the defense blocks the opposing team’s offense players. The game is comprised of pre-determined plays in which the offense takes certain steps toward advancement, and the defense’s job is to anticipate and block.

Alex Davies Waruingi Mbugua is interested in football as a vehicle for teaching youth about real-life situations and teamwork. He is based in New York City.


Alex Davies Waruingi Mbugua - Three Ways We Can Eliminate Food Deserts

Alex Davies Waruingi Mbugua, an assembly technician with a New York-based food processing company, is a passionate advocate for eliminating food deserts to ensure that all citizens, regardless of socioeconomic status, are able to source nutritious foods at an affordable price. With a focus on health and community, he knows that implementing the following retail strategies help keep families healthier by minimizing the effects of food deserts:

  • Alternative markets, such as community supported agriculture (CSA) groups, can offer nontraditional strategies to work with underserved communities. CSAs often do not work out of brick-and-mortar establishments, thus expanding their scope and ability to reach those who are unable to locate fresh produce.
  • Mobile markets, or businesses operating out of trailers, trucks, buses, or trailers, are able to serve multiple communities in a short amount of time. With limited access to fresh, healthy food, many rural and underserved communities are able to regularly purchase nutritious items depending on the delivery schedule, which often runs on a rotating basis.
  • In many underserved areas, corner stores offer the majority of food options for community members, which tend to be packaged items. Corner stores are a wonderful place to target to ensure that enough fresh produce is available in any given community, though it takes initial investments and support to make the shift to businesses that can successfully sustain fresh items.

Alex Davies Waruingi Mbugua enjoys looking for ways to make his community stronger. He is working on building partnerships between the company he works for and a variety of local schools to increase food access.