Upcoming Events

Sanneh Statement 1.28

By Amy Kuehn | January 29, 2023

The Sanneh Foundation’s statement regarding the shooting on Pederson Street near Conway Community Center Last night, there was a drive-by shooting of a 15 year old male on Pederson Street in Saint Paul near the Conway Community Center. The victim and his friends proceeded to Conway for help.  The Sanneh Foundation staff coordinated with police and paramedics to get help on the way.  During this time, the staff gave the victim emotional and physical support…

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…

TSF Partners with The Herb Brooks Foundation's "Rink Rats" Program for Inner-City Youth


January 16th - St. Paul, Minnesota

The impact that Herb Brooks had on the hockey community in Minnesota is hard to quantify. A few years after he completed his playing days at the University of Minnesota, he began his coaching career, which eventually brought him full circle when he was hired as the head coach at his alma mater. Brooks won three national championships at the University of Minnesota in the 1970’s before being selected as the head coach for the 1980 U.S.A. Olympic Hockey team, and of course, the rest is history.

Brooks had a tremendous influence on the sport of hockey and its growth both in Minnesota and nationwide. One thing he continually emphasized was that hockey should always be “fun” first and that anyone who wants to play should have the opportunity to participate. Four years after his death in 2003, his son Dan and his daughter Kelly created the Herb Brooks Foundation in his honor. The mission of HBF is to grow hockey; give kids a positive experience in the game; and to learn life lessons.

One of the most important facets of the Herb Brooks Foundation is their “Rink Rats” program, which provides kids living in the inner-city the chance to try their hand at hockey. The program is designed to give kids a chance to learn the basic skills of skating and hockey. During these clinics, the kids are under the direction of professional Herb Brooks Foundation coaches and St. Paul Police Athletic League Officers. Hockey equipment can be expensive, of course, but HBF makes sure that is no problem for kids who want to play but don’t have the equipment. They provide skates, helmets, and hockey sticks for each Rink Rats program participant that needs them!

The Sanneh Foundation proudly recognizes the outstanding impact that the Herb Brooks Foundation is having on kids and their families in the community. As a sponsor of the Rink Rats program, TSF had their Marketing and Communications VISTA E.J. Stevens attend one of the clinics last week as a volunteer assistant coach.

Phalen Ice Arena in St. Paul was the location of the clinic, and soon after registration began at 5:30 p.m. the 50 spots available for kids to sign-up were completely full. 20 minutes later, the HBF coaches led the kids out onto the ice to begin the one-hour clinic. There were several kids that were clearly experienced skaters, while others were just learning how to navigate on the ice for their first time. The coaches were extremely encouraging and patient with the kids, no matter if they were cruising up the ice or if they needed to stop every couple seconds to use the boards.

After 50 minutes of teaching the kids skating techniques and puck handling, the coaches lined them up and it was time for a relay race. The young skaters were divided into groups of five and took turns skating to the blue line and back, using the coaches as human cones to skate around. At the conclusion of the relay races, the kids collected all of the gear on the ice and it was time to go home. It was so fun to see another organization making a huge difference in the lives of others in the Twin Cities. Thanks for all you do, Herb Brooks Foundation!