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MLK Day 2023

By Amy Kuehn | January 16, 2023

MLK Day Statement from CEO Tony Sanneh We celebrate the life of a great man today, who taught us justice and peace.  Patience for change is not one of my strongest qualities.  I believe we all deserve better and we all need better. One of the quotes from Dr. King reminds me that time is not on our side, and what we have at stake will require hard work to move things forward. Thank you to an…

Team USA

By Amy Kuehn | December 1, 2022

A World Cup Message from 2002 to 2022 Thank you for making me proud to be an American and exemplifying the values that make this country great.   You are the youngest team in history, with an average age under 25 years of age.  You have navigated an unprecedented geo-political situation beyond your control. You play with class and style while bringing  us to the edge of our seats, not sitting back, not being afraid but…

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…

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THANK YOU for making Gala4Goals 2017 our most successful gala to date. We are inspired by the outpouring of support we received from the over 1,300 community members who came together in the name of youth empowerment. It is humbling to be in a room filled with such a lively, vibrant crowd who shares faith and commitment in the work of The Sanneh Foundation and continue to attend our event because they know we do good.

There was a buzz of excitement in the air at this year's gala. Our organization is growing and our support network is as electrified as it is diverse - business and political leaders, educators, young professionals, athletes, artists - all united to empower kids, improve lives and unite communities.

Gala4Goals 2017 raised over $500,000! After an inspiring keynote by Tony Sanneh that focused on faith and commitment, the Fund A Need was accelerated by a $25,000 match gifted by The Otto Bremer Trust. The live auction was brought to a frenzy when Greta and Kevin Warren donated two lower level 2018 SuperBowl tickets on the spot! Mr. Warren said during his address that as long as Tony is doing what he is doing, he will have the support of Greta, Kevin and the Minnesota Vikings. Manny Lagos of Presenting Sponsor Minnesota United FC said it was amazing and an honor to be there in front of so many faces he knew, and so many new faces he didn't yet know. Guests were welcomed to their tables by the colorful dancing and drumming of the Karen Community Dancers and DJ Otto mixed up a great vibe at the after party.

As always, TSF youth were a focus on the program. The fantastic 13 year-old Mariatu served as co-host, Tony's friend Ache presented the Lifetime Service Award to Jerry Timian and, of course, a crew of Conway kids accompanied Tony on stage - and even got to dance.

We want to thank YOU for helping us create the most successful Gala4Goals to date.  Your Faith and Commitment in our organization is energizing and together we will continue to Empower, Improve and Unite the Community. Over the past five years we have come a long way and we see a strong future in our path. We continue to evolve each year because of YOU.

On this page you will find video highlights, award information, access to photos and information about our sponsors. Please explore and enjoy, and stay tuned for information on Gala4Goals 2018!

Tony's Keynote: Faith & Commitment

Faith and Commitment are themes that have been central to the successess Tony Sanneh has seen throughout his life - in his soccer career, in his community and in building and evolving The Sanneh Foundation. He and his staff devote that same Faith and Commitment into the lives of the youth we serve - in the parks, in the schools and in the community and encourage them to do the same as they develop and grow into mentors and volunteers. At the core of his keynote this year, Tony asked that you, our network of supporters, continue to entrust us with that same Faith and Commitment by supporting our work.

The House That Jerry Timian Helped Build

Jerry Timian of The Saint Paul Foundation has been a long time mentor to Tony Sanneh, in fact he trusted Tony enough to award him his first major grant. Tony attributes many personal and business lessons to Jerry’s guidance over the years and even refers to TSF as “The House That Jerry Timian Helped Build.” Jerry plans to retire this year and, as a show of gratitude, Tony (and his friend Ache) presented him with a Lifetime Service Award to thank him for his priceless support.

Mariatu Rocks It As Gala4Goals Co-Emcee

Our work at The Sanneh Foundation focuses on youth empowerment, so it only made sense to empower one of our bright Conway youth at the gala this year. Thirteen year old Mariatu Kanu was incredible as co-emcee alongside WCCO’s Angela Davis. Mariatu has been coming to Conway Community Center for three years and participates in volleyball, basketball, soccer, the girls’ empowerment group and other programs. Her natural leadership qualities shone as she introduced Mayor Chris Coleman and Greta and Kevin Warren to the audience of over 1,100.

Great job, Mariatu. We are proud to have you represent The Sanneh Foundation!



Karen Cultural Dancers Entertain Gala Guests

Did you know there are over 10,000 Karen refugees from the country of Burma living in Minnesota? We are excited that many of the local Karen youth view Conway Community Center as their second home. The Karen dancers practice regularly at Conway Community Center and perform locally. We were thrilled to welcome them as entertainment at this year’s gala.


Kevin Warren Shares A Story About His Childhood Inspiration

The Sanneh Foundation is grateful for the support of both Greta and Kevin Warren - who were Gala4Goals Co-Chairs this year. In this clip, Kevin shares a story about someone who inspired him as a child, and how if you make a child feel important - they remember it for a lifetime.





2017 TSF Staff Members of the Year

Kim Johnson
St. Cloud Program Manager

Jessica Deleon
St. Cloud Promise Fellow Coach

Goly Yang
Conway Community Center Program Coordinator

2017 Delorez Houle Soccer Mom of the Year

Monica Vega

2017 Stephanie Dillon Most Inspirational Award

Eddie Perry
St. Thomas Academy Student & TSF Camps Volunteer

2017 Steve Silton Board Member of the Year

Dr. Stacey Gray-Akyea
Director of Research, Evaluation & Assessment - St. Paul Public Schools







2017 OLYMPIC Sponsors




2017 Stadium 2500 Sponsors


2017 NASL 1500 Sponsors_PROGRAM


MYSA Table Sponsors 2017