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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…

THE SANNEH FOUNDATION RECOVERY EFFORTS AT CONWAY COMMUNITY CENTER;

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…

Conway Cheer Team Walks Away With Crowd-Pleasing Gold

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You knew it was good when the jumbo monitor in the ballroom caught a member of the scene-stealing Conway Cheer Team leaning over to tell another team member while taking a bow, "They're giving us a standing ovation!"
The standing ovation was indicative of how the Conway Cheer Team, comprised of girls ages 8-14, stole the show during the Eighth Annual TSF Gala4Goals, prompting the audience to rise to their feet while giving thunderous applause to the girls' dance routine, performed to the hit single, "What about us," featured on Pink's Top 10 Beautiful Trauma album.
As members of the Conway Cheer team strutted out of the ballroom, following their performance, some of the girls had tears streaming down their face, others were visibly shaking with joy, while still others were hugging each other and jumping up and down.
When asked about the Conway Cheer Team, TSF founder and CEO, Tony Sanneh said, "These proud girls came into my office and told me they wanted to dance.  I told them, 'Maybe.'  But, being the strong, empowered young women they are, they wouldn't let it die.  These young women understood they had the freedom to express themselves and the confidence to share their amazing talent in front of 1,200 people.  These girls are the mission and the message of The Sanneh Foundation!"
On the day after the performance, when members of the Cheer Team were asked how they felt, the responses ranged from "I felt strong," to, "I was scared, then happy," to, "I can't wait for next year."  Other responses from Cheer Team members were, "It was incredible," "I was proud of myself," and, "The atmosphere was beautiful."
Tony Sanneh responded to the Cheer Team members' comments by saying, "The responses we got back from the girls are exactly in line with the Social Emotional Learning goals of all our programs.  These are the kind of activities that instill confidence, pride, and self-assurance in our young people.  We need as many opportunities as possible to see our young people shine."
The team of 25 girls who practice their original dance routines during the after-school program at the Conway Community Center not only wowed the audience but walked away with this year's crowd-pleasing Gold.
Watch the video below: