L.A.C.E.S. leverages the power of sport to mentor at-risk children.
Sport is more than a game to L.A.C.E.S. We work to create a sustainable, replicable model of community development using sports as a tool to reach at-risk youth and empower their local communities. One of the fundamental principles of the L.A.C.E.S. model relies on full integration of local community leaders into all aspects of the organization.
With Christ as our Mentor and sports as our platform, L.A.C.E.S. champions children to be future leaders.
L.A.C.E.S. began its operation in 2007 in Liberia. We started our work in Liberia because of the undeniable void that remained in the wake of their 14 year civil war. During the 14-year conflict an estimated 15,000 children fought in this war and it deprived young people of the positive influence of role models such as parents and community leaders. The children in Liberia have been scarred by war and violence and face severe social challenges growing up in their broken and poverty-stricken communities. These children have been victims of social injustice for 14 years of their lives and L.A.C.E.S. provides them with an avenue for restoration.
L.A.C.E.S. is now impacting the lives of hundreds of children every day, providing them an opportunity to grow, develop and build their future potential! It’s amazing how, when so many people come together, the battles that seem overwhelming to fight are being overcome when you simply invest in the life of a child.