Exposure To New Cultures From Youth Sports

An immigrant from Guinea coaching a youth soccer team.
Image courtesy The Oregonian.

Youth sports can be incredibly impactful and stories like these are why many trumpet the benefits of participating.

In Wilsonville, a suburb of Portland, Oregon, a team of third grade girls has an unlikely coach – an immigrant from Guinea.

The Oregonian tells the story of Kalil Konate, a former semi-pro player who moved to America two years ago to be with his wife Alicia. He promotes a philosophy of “peace through soccer” and both players and parents have taken to him.

These unique enrichment opportunities are rarely found in the classroom and these players are certainly fortunate to have Mr. Konate as their coach.

Are there any similar stories in your organization? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kris Baker

Executive Vice President at Demosphere
Kris Baker is the President of Demosphere and has been serving the Youth Sports Community since 2006.