Inventor donates part of Popongo sales to Jamaican bobsled team

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Errol Anderson is a Jamaican-born Denver resident who turned his pandemic boredom into a new backyard game.

DENVER — The Jamaican bobsled team may not have won a medal at this year’s Winter Olympics, but for a man from Denver to see the team make it to Beijing was pure gold.

Errol Anderson is a Jamaican-born Denver resident who turned his pandemic boredom into a new backyard game.

“I work in banking and real estate. I’m not an engineer. I just got creative and went for it,” he said with a laugh.

Anderson created Popongo, a game where players take turns tossing foam balls into cups with different point values. The player or team that collects the most points wins.

“I started putting it on in front of my friends and my friends were like, ‘I want one,'” Anderson said.

He started making the game in Colorado and sells it online. He uses part of the proceeds to give back to his home country by sponsoring the Jamaican bobsled team during the Winter Olympics.

“The four-man team came to the Olympics for the first time in 24 years, and I have something to do with it. Popongo has something to do with it,” he said. “It’s surreal. It’s amazing, and it just goes to show that with a bit of hard work and perseverance, we can achieve whatever we want, right?”

That’s what Anderson hopes people will get out of this game. His goal is to donate some of these charts to schools in Colorado so kids can learn math in a new and exciting way and realize that everything is possible.

“I want to say to young Jamaican and Caribbean children one day, ‘I was sitting in the chair that you were sitting in, and if I can do it, you can do it,'” he said.

Anderson told 9NEWS he introduced the game to a Denver-area school and hopes to contribute it to other schools and recreation centers in the future.

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