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Dems Stage Theatrical Comeback to Reclaim Title as Congressional Soccer Match Champions

By Amy Kuehn | May 3, 2022

Dems Stage Theatrical Comeback to Reclaim Title as Congressional Soccer Match Champions! WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Congressional Soccer Match – this year presented by the U.S. Soccer Federation – returned in all its excitement, convening embassy employees, Members of Congress, sports legends, Hill staffers, and soccer fans in support of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s proven, life-changing programs for children in underserved communities. In their first meeting since…

Sanneh’s Very Own Eco Ambassadors!

By Selena Moua | October 21, 2021

Sanneh’s Very Own Eco Ambassadors! Our Sanneh youth learned about local and global waste reduction, and the importance of loving our planet! Eco Day at Conway Former MLB Mercenary Chris Dickerson at Conway. In acknowledgment of International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste Reduction last month, our local youth at Sanneh engaged in an environmental literacy workshop. The event highlighted the importance of food consumption, waste reduction and sorting through trash and recyclables.…

Summer Highlight: Jimmy Lee Soccer Camp’s Happy Camper, Asa!

By Selena Moua | October 12, 2021

Summer Highlight: Jimmy Lee Soccer Camp’s Happy Camper, Asa! Returning to more normal summer activities after more than a year of social isolation was not always easy. That is where having a staff of coaches trained in positive developmental relationships helped young people like Asa reengage in play and physical activity. It’s October as the leaves begin to fall. We’ve finally made it to the end of summer and that means that our summer camps…


By Amy Kuehn | June 20, 2021

FIRE TO PART OF THE BUILDING PUTS PARTNERSHIPS INTO ACTION IN SUPPORT OF EAST SIDE YOUTH AND FAMILIES St. Paul, MN. (June 20, 2021)  – In the very early morning of Sunday, June 20, 2021 the Conway Community Center on St. Paul’s East Side was the scene of a fire at the west entrance to the building. The building was empty when the fire occurred, and there were no physical injuries. The building’s entryway and…

Sanneh Launches TikTok Account to Reach out to Youth

By Agnes O | June 18, 2021

The Sanneh Foundation is now on TikTok! The Foundation launched our new social media account this Thursday. The account will highlight the day-to-day ongoing activities of Sanneh and our team, starting with summer soccer and basketball camps.  The new platform is a great space to interact with young people. The Sanneh Foundation has always centered our actions on youth participation and youth engagement; our youth workforce feeds families, mentors students, and teaches youth sports camps.…

Sanneh Spotlight: Shannon DeMuth

By Agnes O | May 7, 2021

Sanneh Spotlight: Shannon DeMuth Snapshot Shannon DeMuth is a Dreamline Coach at North High School. She enjoys being outside, traveling, hiking, spending time with her family and friends, and dining out for Italian food and tacos. She likes to listen to all kinds of music  (except heavy metal music). Her favorite artists are Khalid, Post Malone, and P!NK. Working with a Struggling Student:  We were allowed to bring in a small number of students into…

Welcoming Olivia Antilla

By Agnes O | April 22, 2021

Welcoming Olivia Antilla   Sanneh is welcoming Olivia Antilla who has accepted employment at the Foundation as the Conway Community Center Program Manager. As the Conway Community Center program manager Olivia will assist with the organization, marketing, setup, supervision, and coaching of Sanneh camps as well as other Sanneh programming at the Conway Community Center. Olivia graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Agribusiness. While at Florida A&M, she played…

Tony Sanneh’s Statement on the Derek Chauvin Verdict

By Agnes O | April 20, 2021

As a community-serving organization, and as a Black male CEO of a nonprofit focused on equitably serving youth and families from multiple racial and ethnic communities, I believe that no outcome in the trial of Derek Chauvin ends the systemic issues and racial inequity we face and experience daily as people of color.  While we at The Sanneh Foundation applaud that legal justice was done in the trial of Derek Chauvin, and rightfully expect justice…

Sanneh Spotlight: Abdallah Bah

By Agnes O | April 15, 2021

Sanneh Spotlight: Abdallah Bah The Sanneh Spotlight series introduces Sanneh members to the world on a personal level. Through interpersonal interviews, Spotlight aims to build connections between community members and the Sanneh team. Abdallah (center) Snapshot:  Abdallah Bah was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and raised in Brooklyn Park, MN. He is a Dreamline Coordinator and Coach in the Metro Region at North High School. He has been with the Sanneh Foundation for 5 months.…

Sanneh Spotlight: Alexander Reigelsperger

By Agnes O | April 14, 2021

Sanneh Spotlight: Alexander Reigelsperger Sanneh Spotlight returns! The series introduces Sanneh members to the world on a personal level. Through interpersonal interviews, Spotlight aims to build connections between community members and the Sanneh team. Snapshot:  Alexander is a Dreamline Coach at North High School. Alex is originally from Dayton, Ohio, and has been at Sanneh for 6 months. He has a soft spot for Greek food, his favorite meal is baklava and gyros. Alex is…

5th Annual Legends Cup Raises Thousands For Minnesota Soccer Community Family


December 26th, 2016 - Richfield, MN

This past Monday, friends in the soccer community gathered for the 5th year of the annual Winter Legends Cup at the Holy Angels Sports Dome. The idea for the Legends Cup started after a conversation between TSF CEO Tony Sanneh and good friend Jason Keppen rehashed their old high school soccer rivalry between St. Paul Academy and Apple Valley High School.

That conversation turned into the Legends Cup - an annual gathering of the Minnesota soccer community to re-live the glory days while also supporting members of the community who are going through medical hardships. The first year of the event attracted 44 dedicated participants. It has shown impressive growth over the years, and this year there was over 200 participants. This included 150+ players and many others who came to relish in the positive spirit of the day.

The recipient of this year's proceeds is John Sylvester, who is a great friend and an even better representative of the Minnesota soccer community. Sylvester continues to suffer from ALS disease. Including registration and on-site donations, $3,750 was raised for his family to help out with lingering medical costs.

A first in this year's Legends Cup was the distribution of the inaugural "Gavin Award." The award was made in honor of Minnesota soccer community legend Gavin Pugh, who passed away due to complications of ALS in September. The award criteria was developed in consultation with his family based on his qualities as a father, husband, coach and community member. The Gavin Award was given to the player who best exemplified Gavin's traits as hardworking, friendly, positive, forward thinking, confident, respectful, and charismatic.

The winner of the first ever Gavin Award was Coerver Coaching Minnesota leader Simon Whitehead. Whitehead has been the state licensee for Coerver since 1993 in addition to coaching girls' high school soccer at Edina and Minneapolis Southwest. He has led his teams to 10 state tournament appearances and over 300 wins in his career. Simon is stepping down from Coerver after 30 years at the helm. He leaves a legacy that falls directly in line with the values of the Gavin Award, and he actually hired Gavin Pugh to work with him earlier in his career. He is an extremely deserving member of this award as no one represents the Minnesota soccer community better than him.

A record 15 teams competed throughout the day before heading to Tailgate, a local restaurant for appetizers, drinks, and great conversation. This great sport has allowed us to continue friendships while building new relationships as well.

Thank you once again to the Academy of Holy Angels for generously donating the dome time to us for this event. Thank you to all the participating players, their families, and everyone who contributed to the cause!

Check out the Legends Cup pictures on our Facebook page!