Hello family, friends, supporters, and donors:
I am super excited to share this great opportunity with you all. This project has been in the works since 2012 and through a lot of hard work, hardships, dedication and perseverance we've been able to grow this project with some new and exciting partnerships. We are well positioned to continue doing great things in the near future. Background;
I was born and raised in Ghana where my lifelong dream was to become a professional soccer player. Fortunately, my parents brought my four brothers and myself from Ghana to join them in Canada during my formative years. In Canada, I was privileged enough to showcase my soccer talents for my schools and club teams. This propelled me to obtain a full soccer scholarship to St. Peter’s University, a Division I University in New Jersey City. I was able to follow my dream of playing professional soccer and traveling around the world playing the game I love. As I reflect on the many people who helped me along the way, I'd be very selfish not to do the same for others. It's my turn to give back to those who are not as fortunate as I was.
Football is by some distance the most popular sport in Ghana. Youth from all ages engage in football, whether in the comforts of their home, the neighborhood park, streets, or their local team. It is a rite of passage for every Ghanaian. The passion of the game extends to the national level when Ghana’s many national sides (e.g. Black Stars, Black Starlets) compete in international tournaments. The entire nation comes to a standstill. Every kid dreams to be a football star in Ghana from birth but unfortunately there are little to no opportunities for them to make such aspirations come true. Another huge misfortune is students finding meaningful employment after graduation even from the top universities. When I visited Ghana for the first time after being away for 18 years, I was shocked and at the same time humbled by the reality of things. Something within me called me to action, I asked myself over and over again what I could do to help.British Private School Partnership:
Football being my passion, I decided to put my years of experience in the game as well as network to work. I combined education and football to provide potential soccer scholarship opportunities for underprivileged children in Ghana. My close friend Jesse Asiedu and I put our heads together to come up with unique ways to identify players, develop them and find opportunities for them via scholarships to the United States. Together we created Ananse Football Club. AFC aims to educate, develop, find potential soccer scholarship opportunities, support physical and socio-economic development of Ghanaian children using the world’s most popular sport, football (Soccer). Football promotes good values such as leadership, loyalty, dedication, commitment, communication, respect and perseverance.
Ananse Football Club joined forces with a private British international school called The Hilltop School in Kumasi Ghana. As an extracurricular opportunity, AFC helps enroll, and recruit highly motivated male (plans to add females in the future) student athletes who share a common goal: to obtain a full scholarship to a preparatory school and/or college in the United state. Our success can be measured when our student athletes are able to contribute to their families, society, and communities upon graduating from school.
Ananse Football Club and The Hilltop School are breaking barriers and building bridges which otherwise would not be possible. We know our purpose and we truly understand our social responsibility. Through our work, we are changing lives and helping underprivileged children recognize their untapped potential. We challenge each and every student athlete to set new standards any and everywhere they may be found daily. Your Turn:
Here is a great opportunity for you to come on board with us to help change the lives of underprivileged children for the better. We are asking for your assistance in continuing this project to reach more children in Ghana. This will enable us to recruit more under-privileged children into our program and provide them with a safe and nurturing environment. This September 2019 we aim to give 30 full scholarships to 30 new students to attend The Hilltop International Private School. As you can imagine it is costly to go to a private school however our partners at The Hilltop School have agreed to terms with us by lowing costs for those involved in our program. It costs about $400 for one AFC student athlete to attend The Hilltop British International School per term. Your assistance on this initiative is most appreciated.
The power of $1, 1 like, 1 share and 1 comment will go a long way for us. Individually we cannot do much but as a collective we are powerful beyond measure. Whatever support you are able to help us with will be more than enough. We thank you for your support, and well wishes.
Help us educate, develop, and motivate the lives of children who want to use the game they love so dearly to change their own lives for the better.