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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…

Blog Post - HI Trip Day 1 by Rich Harrison, 01/15/17

Rich Harrison - Jan 15th, 2017

Airport experiences often provide for some of my most favorite memories.  The hustle and bustle of so many different people coming and going to so many different places.  It always amazes me that no one ever really runs into each other.

This idea took on a whole new level at the Port-au-Prince International Airport.  As if our 8 person group carting 15-50lbs bags of brand new Adidas Football for Hope gear through customs was challenging enough (another story), it’s what was waiting for us beyond that was beautifully synchronized chaos.

It’s incredible that anyone can pass through the disordered parking lot, but somehow everyone manages to…. over time.  This is when the real adventure begins.  Driving to Nicole's Place, our guest house, was so damn exciting.  See, there are no traffic signals or stop signs in this city. But again, somehow no one ever really runs into each other.  Speeding down narrow pot hole riddled streets with kids running aside knocking on our windows through busy uncontrolled intersections, missing motorcycles on the right, then the left and somehow not one every runs into each.


Tim Reppe - January 15th, 2017

I'm hoping to make an impact on this trip but not quite sure how yet.  I've seen pictures & read news about devastation, disease, and poverty on a massive scale.  I could get a sense of it on the ride from the airport to Nicole's place seeing infrastructure mostly in a state of disrepair.  I see people who are in need (but don't want to rush to judge on their condition).

There is a lot to be done in this country.   And I am just one person.  Can I really make an immediate impact and one that will last?  Just read that Sean Penn's Haiti Rising organization raised $37M in aid.  At the same time, we're discouraged from handing out individual money and gifts.  Then what is the purpose of me coming?
I believe I can make an impact with the power of human contact.  Spending time with kids has the ability to touch his or her life in a way that money cannot.  With soccer as the medium, I can be a role model for the children in attitude, discipline & teamwork.  This can be with hundreds of kids or just one.  I believe that making an impact with just one child can have a multiplying effect after you've gone as he or she continues to pay it forward.
The first day of volunteering has yet to begin & there are many unknowns.  But I'm anxious to get started.