Rock Hill, S.C. – Former Winthrop men’s soccer standout David Kenga has been extremely busy since his graduation from Winthrop in creating his own non-profit business. Kenga has combined two of his greatest passions in life, kids and soccer, to create Elite Soccer Training Company, LLC.
Elite Soccer Training was set up to run the afterschool outreach program, which has grown into the best after school soccer program in Columbia, S.C. The program has earned a 5-star rating on Google Business and currently has over 150 kids in the regular program. The success of Elite Soccer Training led to the creation of Elite Soccer Outreach in 2019. This program was created to donate goals to schools to get more kids playing soccer regardless of race, gender and socio-economic status.
“It’s an amazing feeling when you go by each school at recess and see so many kids playing soccer,” said Kenga.
On Friday, Mar. 13 the program launched a new mobile friendly app that will help participants and families connect with Elite Soccer by sending push notifications about various news and events. The app also allows kids to view videos of skills that are worked on in the sessions that are part of the curriculum and practice them at home.
“We have sponsors who are using our app for marketing and their support helps fund our outreach programs locally and overseas,” added Kenga. “In four years we have coached over 1,200 students locally and provided them with a fantastic performance environment for them to enjoy the beautiful game of soccer.”
One of the few events the program has sponsored includes having a Major League Soccer (MLS) player surprise the kids at one of the schools, mentor them, and sign autographs. The international outreach goes as far as Kenya, which is Kenga’s home country as he was born in Mombasa. Kenga’s program is building a soccer complex in his village back home in Kenya, which aims to keep kids off drugs and other bad activities.
Following graduation from Winthrop, Kenga created the Fuhaha Youth Soccer Academy based in Kilifi, Kenya. Kenga visited his family back home during his final year at Winthrop and was saddened to see some of his childhood friends addicted to drugs and other unacceptable social activities. The foundation’s goal is to provide the sport of soccer as an outlet for youths in hopes of keeping them away from drugs, alcohol and other deviant behavior.
The company’s mission is to impact the lives of children by introducing them to the beautiful sport of soccer. To build their confidence and to impart the value of team work and dedication.
Kenga was a member of the men’s soccer program from 2004-06, where he helped the Eagles capture the 2006 Big South Conference Championship. In 2006 he finished tied for first in the nation with 14 assists and was second in assists per game. He appeared in 58 career games with 13 goals and 21 assists.
This article was curated from: winthropeagles.com