• Meet the Coaches Working in Kenya!

    Coach Charlie in his first week in Namibia

    Coach Charlie in his first week in Namibia

    July 1, 2013.  Coaches Across Continents is returning to Kenya today for the fifth consecutive year. In total we will be working with six programs over the next six weeks, three of which are returning partners (VAP, HODI, and LCFL) and three of which are first-time partners (Sadili Oval, KESOFO, and TYSA).  Please check out our Calendar page to view the dates for each program from July 1st – August 12th.

    The team that is working in Kenya is a talented one, headed by CAC staff members Brian Suskiewicz and AJ Millet and joined by three-week veteran Charlie Crawford (who you met in Namibia), Megan Kim and Kefhira Pintos.  Since we already know about Brian, AJ, and Charlie – let’s find out about Megan and Kefhira!

    Megan is an undergraduate at Amherst College in Amherst (MA), USA where she plays forward on the women’s soccer team.  A native of Newport Beach, CA (USA) she is thinking about majoring in psychology.  Here are five fun football facts with Megan!

    1. Favorite Team– US Women’s Soccer Team

    2. Favorite Player– Abby Wambach

    3. Favorite Coach– Undecided (?)

    4. Favorite Movie– The  Help
    5. World Cup in 2014 and 2015? Spain (2014) and USA (2015).

    kefhiraKefhira is a rising senior at Harvard University in Cambridge (MA), USA.  She is studying social studies, romance languages, and literature.  Kefhira is taking this opportunity this summer to study sport for development organizations.  When she is finished she will be writing her senior thesis on the topic.  Here are five fun football facts with Kefhira!

    Favorite Team(s): FC Barcelona, Argentinian National Team
    Favorite Players: Leo Messi (no surprise there), Maxi Rodriguez, & Carlos Tevez
    Favorite Coach: Not Maradona!!!!
    Favorite Movie: Anything with comedy and action
    World Cup 2014 and 2015: Argentina (here’s to hoping!) and USA (2015)
    Why I am looking forward to working with CAC? Dedicating my senior thesis to sport-for-development organizations, I look forward to bridging the gap between all the research and journal articles and what actually happens in the soccer field- the ups, the downs, the dirt, the friendships, and the lessons.
  • Meet Our Coaches Heading to Kenya

    Meet Charlie Crawford

    Favorite soccer team:  Barcelona
    Favorite player:  Robin van Persie
    Favorite movie:  Legends of the Fall
    Favorite food:  Crabcakes
    Who will win Euro 2012?  The Netherlands!!!!
    Funniest moment on the soccer field:  Was once playing a small game involving keeping the ball in the air and volleying to each other to score on a single goalie.  After numerous taunts/quality shots I take a touch and somehow nail the ball directly into my own face, forcing me to take an abrupt seat in the dirt.
    What you are most looking forward to with your volunteering?  Meeting different people
    Interesting fact(s) about you:  I lived in Netherlands for a while and maintain that it is one of the greatest countries I have ever seen.

    Charlie will be working in Kenya with the Society Empowerment Project, Kisumu Youth Soccer, Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP) and possibly a fourth program.

    Meet Claudia Haeussler
    Favorite soccer team: Man U.
    Favorite player: Messi
    Favorite movie: Along Came Polly (anything with Jennifer Aniston in it)
    Favorite food: Crunchy salad, carrots
    Who will win Euro 2012? Switzerland
    Funniest moment on the soccer field: Scoring on my own goal in 7th grade and sobbing after, thinking that I would be cut from the team.
    What you are most looking forward to with your volunteering? Exploring a new country… hopefully teaching others!

    Interesting fact(s) about you: I like Seaweed, I speak German

    Anything else you want us to put out in the blogosphere?  I hope to earn a doctorate in Physical Therapy in the near future.

    Claudia will be working with Kisumu Youth Soccer and with the Society Empowerment Project in Kenya.

    Meet Tyler Evans

    Favorite soccer team: Lazio
    Favorite player: Carles Puyol
    Favorite movie: The Longest Yard

    Favorite food: Spaghetti and meatballs
    Who will win Euro 2012? Spain
    Funniest moment on the soccer field: One of my teammates scored a goal and did the “dead fish” celebration
    Interesting fact(s) about you: I am an Eagle Scout

    Tyler will be working with Kisumu Youth Soccer and with the Society Empowerment Project in Kenya.