MEET A L.A.C.E.S. COACH

Click on a coach below to learn about their journey with L.A.C.E.S.

You can give 300 children access to the life changing guidance and mentorship of a L.A.C.E.S. Coach.

You have the ability to empower coaches that will guide over 300 children on a journey to understand their purpose in life and break the cycle of poverty! Will you consider empowering these coaches by supporting L.A.C.E.S. Coaches’ Journey to Change?

MEET COACH ZAINAB KOROMA

L.A.C.E.S. Sierra Leone, Bo City, Sierra Leone

Coach Zainab serves as a female coach for the Glorious F.C. in Bo City, Sierra Leone. Working with L.A.C.E.S. has not only allowed her the chance to showcase her talents as a coach, but has given her a unique opportunity to promote positive change in her community and in the lives of the children she works with.

MEET COACH SAMMY VENTIMIGLIA

Refugee Youth Program, Washington, D.C.

Meet Coach Sammy! Throughout his three years with L.A.C.E.S., Coach Sammy has served our community as a coach and mentor for our Refugee Youth Soccer Program. We are so grateful for all of his hard work and dedication! One of Coach Sammy’s biggest accomplishments with L.A.C.E.S. has been watching some of his players grow up and become coaches themselves. “To see the youth becoming role models for one another, it’s a privilege.”

MEET COACH RITA KPATOR

L.A.C.E.S. Liberia, Kakata, Liberia

After 5 years with L.A.C.E.S., Coach Rita has seen the long lasting impact of our program. She passionately links the marked decrease in crime within her community to L.A.C.E.S. life changing programs. Over the years she has grown in her responsibility, not only does she mentor 12 children, she also mentors incoming coaches and helps pass on L.A.C.E.S. mission, vision and values. By doing so, she continues to create change in the lives of the many street children in their community.

MEET COACH JOSEPH VANDI

L.A.C.E.S. Sierra Leone, Bo City, Sierra Leone

Coach Joseph has only been with L.A.C.E.S. for one year, but his impact makes it feel like he has been with us longer than that! Through his work he has seen positive changes within himself as a leader and role model for his 12 youth. He also shares his experience with Ibrahim, who was “at first the most difficult of [his] players” and now through their new forged bond, Ibrahim is slowly changing, understanding he is valued within his community and taking steps to reaching his best self.

MEET COACH HOLLY

Refugee Sports Program, Washington D.C.

A recent graduate of University of Maryland, Holly started coaching with L.A.C.E.S. with the 2019 Refugee Youth Soccer League Team. She was awarded the Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award for her work with L.A.C.E.S. Refugee Youth Soccer Program.

Click here to learn more about her experiences at the ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards

MEET COACH ALLEN F. HAMMER

L.A.C.E.S. Liberia, Kakata, Liberia

Like his counterpart Coach Rita, Coach Allen has seen the long lasting impact of our program. His incredible work and dedication to L.A.C.E.S. youth in Kakata Liberia, has made him a leader amongst his community and today he helps guide and pass on L.A.C.E.S. mission, vision and values to new incoming coaches.

L.A.C.E.S. Impact Across the Globe

Your generosity has helped serve over 3,350 children, trained 335 coaches, and provided over 485,000 meals.

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