Rohullah called Reshad a few days ago and told him that they wanted to move forward with the water polo program. Rohullah liked everything I had to say and thinks that my heart is true. Rohullah, Reshad, and I met again. I brought the strategic plan that I created, with the help of my peer group back in the United States, and gave it to Rohullah for his review. The strategic plan took a few days and is something that I never written before. It took a lot of thought of what I thought a national program should entail, being realistic, and a lot of rewriting. It outlined the plans for a national water polo program in Afghanistan. Of course, it is in English, which he does not know how to read, nor is any of the official languages of Afghanistan. The plan that Rohullah set is that we will have national team tryouts in ten days from now. He is going to try to coordinate the pool location and time, spread the word about the tryouts, and start getting everything together to start the program based on my strategic plan. We will see how it all comes together. National team tryouts are only in ten days!
Steve Scott also took photos of our team at practice today. The photos came out great and shows so many aspects of the team. He took photos of the team in and out of the water. The shirts that you see Scott and I wearing and the caps the team are wearing are from Bahram Hojreh, of Los Alamitos Water Polo. He was nice enough to donate. I am sure that Bahram will like to see photos of a team wearing his gear on the other side of the planet. Steve will be leaving soon to go back to the US to be with his family and a new duty station. He will be sorely missed and was a great supporter and was instrumental in starting the 201st Corps Swim and Water Polo Team. Without Steve, I do not think that the Pol-e-Charki Base Commander would have ever allowed me to use his facility, and only for swimming and water polo at that. I know that I am charming and all but I could not have done it without him.