By JAY CLARK
AAP Contributing Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (April 13, 2015) — This past school spring break, 40 North Minneapolis soccer players poured into Farview park for the Sanneh Foundation soccer clinic.
Most of the soccer players were Hmong and Latino. Many of the Hmong soccer players were born in Thai refugee camps.
Several times during the year, the Sanneh foundation comes to north Minneapolis and provides training for players from poor families who could not normally afford this type of coaching
In addition, the Sanneh Foundation has donated soccer shoes, soccer balls, water bottles, backpacks and shirts to the players.
The Sanneh soccer camps emphasize soccer as a fun part of a healthy lifestyle of exercise and good eating. Both veteran soccer players and those trying soccer for the first time enjoy coming to the clinics. This April, in addition to learning soccer skills, players learned about good sportsmanship, and even learned a little Italian. In October, the Sanneh foundation combines its soccer clinic with a Halloween party.
In the fall, the North Minneapolis Hmong and Latino soccer players play in the Minneapolis Parks League, for the Farview Park and Bethune Park soccer teams. All the players have gotten training and soccer balls from the Sanneh Foundation, and most wear soccer shoes donated by the Sanneh Foundation.
With the Sanneh Foundation’s help, the Farview Park soccer team has won two city-wide tournaments and six regular season championships in the past three years, and the Bethune soccer team has won two city-wide tournaments and been runners-up in a third city-wide tournament.
Each March, the Sanneh Foundation holds its major fundraiser, Gala4Goals. And every year the Farview soccer team comes down and tells the participants how the Sanneh Foundation helps North Minneapolis soccer players. It is the soccer players’ way of saying Thank You Sanneh Foundation.