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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…

Local Youth Soccer Players Help Procure Hundreds of Jerseys and Pieces of Soccer Equipment for TSF's Kick It Back Program

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El Novak rises above the specialness inherent in all children.  At 11-years old, she grasps a slice of ‘the big picture’ rarely seen by most young people their age. She understands the value of giving.

One of nearly 5 million kids who play soccer in the United States, El is a member of the Minnesota Thunder Academy with an unmatched appetite for the beautiful game.  When she’s not playing, she’s watching with a special interest in the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) and the Minnesota Gophers Women’s Soccer Team.  In late October, she and her father, Paul Novak, joined 25,000 fans to watch the USWNT dismantle the Swiss National team 5-1 at nearby U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.  She was excited to meet and pose with her favorite player, Carli Lloyd. Lloyd scored a pair of goals in the game but is best known for her unprecedented hat-trick in the 2015 World Cup Gold Medal game.

Each summer, University of Minnesota Head Soccer Coach Stefanie Golan runs camps for youth soccer players in Minnesota. Coach Golan has gotten to know Miss Novak very well and is as much a fan of El as El is of the Gophers. “El Novak is an incredible young woman. She has attended as many of our camps as possible and is constantly working on her own to improve as a soccer player.  She is the Gopher Soccer Family's biggest fan and someone that we look at like a little sister. The thing that we have been most impressed with, however, is her awareness of the world around her and the bigger picture that is life. To see someone so young working so hard to give back and improve life for others around the world is beyond inspiring,” stated Golan.

As big as her passion for soccer is, her lust for life and helping people less fortunate than her is even greater. “We moved to Minnesota two years ago from St. Louis where we did charity work for a group that ran soccer programs and equipment drives for kids in East St. Louis. When we got here we were looking to get involved in a similar charity and Dad found TSF through a business friend of his,” El explained. When she heard about TSF’s Kick It Back program, she enthusiastically made a personal commitment to start her own drives to collect as much new and used equipment as she could. “I really liked helping other kids in St. Louis when we were there.  You don't need a lot of gear to play soccer, just a ball and cleats. I think soccer is the best game in the world.  When I learned that TSF supports 400 kids in Haiti and they needed gear, I knew I could do that for them!”

This fall, El and her friends Ruby and Frankie organized numerous soccer equipment drives on behalf of TSF’s Kick It Back program. They led the charge at the Academy of Holy Angels Dome, Champions Hall Sport & Event Center in Eden Prairie, and even at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium at a Gopher Women’s soccer game. These girls' efforts have procured thousands of new and gently used soccer equipment now earmarked for the kids in Haiti.

While planning for the fall events, they connected with the Minnesota Thunder Academy Soccer Program and Coerver Coaching to gain support for the undertaking. Both organizations were extremely helpful. El also lauded Coach Johnson from Lakeville North, who made a very generous donation! They broadened her exposure by emailing people within their networks. The response was overwhelming. “My parents and Ruby and Frankie’s parents helped collect at the different sites, driving around, buying boxes, and boxing up all the stuff.  We had so much in the garage that dad had to park in the driveway!”

El is adept at using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, which were essential in her ability to advertise equipment drop-offs.  She posted and tweeted around the clock to collect as much gear as she could.

Not many young people think about helping others with the commitment that El Novak does. When asked about her motivation to collect all the equipment for the Kick It Back program, she replied “My dad promised me that if my friends and I could raise a lot of gear that he would go with me to Haiti with TSF. I thought that would be really fun to do.”

On behalf of The Sanneh Foundation and the kids in Haiti, thanks for all your hard work El, Ruby and Frankie! We look forward to seeing you in Haiti in 2017.