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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…

Kapanke to lead The Sanneh Foundation!

In 2003, while still at the height of his professional soccer career, Tony Sanneh created The Sanneh Foundation (TSF) to leverage what he saw as soccer’s unique potential to create positive social change for youth.  The Foundation sought to empower youth by supporting and promoting educational attainment through in-school and after-school mentoring, improving lives by providing programs that strengthen physical health and social and emotional development, and uniting communities by advancing diversity, equity, and community well-being.

After his retirement from soccer in 2010, Sanneh ran one program with an annual budget of $30,000.  Today, The Sanneh Foundation offers educational, physical, and community programming through six unique programs with an operating budget of $3.5 million, and a $10 million comprehensive campaign is underway.  

The campaign will allow TSF to update and expand facilities at the Conway Community Center to increase academic learning spaces, replace the kitchen where 30,000 meals are served annually, and build turf fields and a winter dome.  The campaign will also support the Foundation’s operational capacity so the organization can grow at a sustainable pace while improving program quality.

The Sanneh Foundation is excited to welcome Mai-Anh Kapanke, former Executive Director of MENTOR Minnesota, as its new Executive Director!  “Mai-Anh will be the cornerstone of our organization’s expansion and maturing process, and she comes to TSF with experience, passion, and the abilities that I look for in a partner,” says Tony Sanneh who will continue overseeing program innovation, community partnerships and resource development as President and CEO.  

Serving as a statewide and national leader on quality mentoring, Kapanke is highly regarded for her leadership, innovation, and collaborative spirit in the mentoring and youth development fields.  She was instrumental in the development and launch of a statewide online quality mentoring assessment tool for mentoring programs, which through the expertise of her and her team, recently helped replicate Minnesota’s tool to serve as the national model for program quality.  Kapanke has more than 18 years of experience building and operating sustainable direct-service and capacity-building mentoring organizations. She provides executive leadership and management on fundraising campaigns, statewide and national marketing initiatives, and serves as a lobbyist for positive youth development funding priorities.  Kapanke graduated from Michigan State University with a journalism degree and minor in English. She is a former Humphrey Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota and completed the University of St. Thomas Institute for Executive Director Leadership program. Kapanke is a former TV journalist and anchored news and weather in several Midwest markets.  She and her husband, Nick, reside in Rosemount and have two daughters who play traveling soccer with the Eagan Wave Soccer Club (EWSC). Kapanke served as the sponsorship director for the EWSC over the past three years, contributing to growth in its sponsorship budget from $1,000 to $25,000 annually.