A New Home for Desmond, From Ghana To The US

Meet Desmond Agyei, a dedicated student-athlete from Accra, Ghana. Desmond has been on a mission to play American football since he was 13 y/o. From riding his bike for two hours through rough terrain just to practice to waking up every day at 4 AM to help his mom sell fish at the market, all before school starts. Desmond's efforts have led him to receive a scholarship for this school year (2022-2023), to attend a high school in Rancho, California. It's been humbling having the privilege to witness Desmond's hunger and determination to change his family's future and current state of living. The New Home Football Academy started in Accra, Ghana to create opportunities like the one before us. We are working to grow the game of American Football organically through the West Africa American Football LPG, and we need your financial support today.

Meet the WAAF Founder:
My name is Kwamina Vandyke; I am raising money to support Desmond on his journey to play American Football. I'm pouring all my heart's efforts towards making any difference in his life, but my dollars and passion have only gotten us so far. I have self-funded everything from the visa application fees, camps, and lunches, to transportation to the embassy for visa appointments. I have exhausted all my resources thus far and now am relying on my community to help push Desmond ahead. The funds we raise will cover his plane ticket and a year of expenses for him to live with a host family in California. All the proceeds from this campaign will go to Desmond Agyei's transportation costs, accommodation expenses, and any additional funds will be used to support the remaining youth in Ghana through New Home Football Academy. You would be surprised by the impact your contribution could have on the lives of our student-athletes so thank you in advance for your heart and support.

Football for a Better Life:
I played football my whole life, which allowed my undergraduate and graduate education to be sponsored through scholarships. This was achievable because the community of mentors, parents, and friends supported me financially, mentally, and emotionally throughout my career. A chance of a lifetime awaits Desmond and I do not want finances to be the reason a dream doesn't become a reality. I believe it is my time to pass on the baton, and Desmond is on the receiving end of that baton. Please join me in our efforts to bring Desmond to the States to receive a top-notch education and pursue playing organized team football for the first time. 

Desmond’s scholarship only covers school tuition. Your donation will cover the monthly host stipend & accommodations for the school year: 

  • Airfare/Travel
  • School Supplies
  • Clothes/Football Equipment
  • Emergency Savings     
  • Incidental allowance              
  • School enrollment fee               
  • I-901 SEVIS fee                                  
  •  Visa application fee

To learn more about New Home Football Academy, please visit our website New Home Academy Website

Desmond was a New Home Football Academy camp participant in 2021, where he showed promising athletic ability.,a depth of emotional IQ, and a beautiful personality. Desmond has learned the game of football through watching youtube and social media. In his pursuit of playing organized football one day, Desmond's efforts and outreach over the last three years have led him to connect with a coach who believes in Desmond as much as we do and has gone above and beyond to help get him to school and a spot on the football team. New Home Academy plans to sponsor Desmond's way to the US; for this dream to come true, we need to raise 33,000 dollars for Desmond by the start of the 2022 school year. Please join us in our pursuit to get Desmond to the states by donating to our cost.

More about New Home Academy:

New Home Academy was started by a West African American nonprofit football organization. This organization was founded to help build American football in Ghana and uplift, empower, and encourage the youth of Ghana into adulthood through the game of football. New Home will guide and develop young men into scholars, professionals, and successful football athletes.

New Home helps guide and develop young men into scholars, professionals, and successful football athletes. The academy will serve as the conduit, presenting Ghanian football athletes the opportunity to play at the next level while simultaneously preparing them for the workforce, leveraging the game to achieve higher education through the resources provided. New Home Academy thanks you for your donation in advance. Please see below for published articles.

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Kwamina Vandyke
Raised $5,120 from 51 donations
Washington D.C., DC
Mikayla Sayle
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Raised $111 from 3 donations
This team raised $3,540 from 33 other donations.

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