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Free Kick Foundation Inc

Established in 2015 by Aaron and Natashae King, Free Kick Foundation seeks to provide an alternate path for Caribbean youth born into or living in under served, underrepresented and economically depressed communities in the various islands, using soccer as a catalyst for positive change. Having been born in one such community, soccer afforded Aaron the opportunity to remain engaged, focused and sparked within him the desire to succeed. While Aaron was able to avoid getting involved in criminal activity, he looked on sadly as many of his friends and family members fell victim to their circumstances – a life or crime, drugs, and, ultimately, prison and early death. Drawing from their unfortunate experiences, and because of his desire to never disappoint his dear grandmother, Eileen Larcher (RIPP), Aaron remained on course, and seized and maximized every opportunity to take his life in a different direction. This resilience and determination paid off in 1994, when a family friend recognized Aaron’s talent, dedication and love for the game of soccer. This connection led to a full scholarship to East Stroudsburg University (Pennsylvania). Always aware and eternally grateful for the chance that he was given, Aaron excelled at soccer while earning a first class education; he graduated in 1997 with a BA in Accounting and a BA in Economics. This experience planted in Aaron the seed to pay it forward, and birthed Free Kick Foundation. The organization eventually welcomed a Board of Directors and Officers who are all driven by a shared passion for the great game of soccer, and the joint desire to offer positive engagement, thereby changing the lives of disadvantaged Caribbean youth.

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Hosted in January 2017 on the island of St Lucia, the inaugural Free Kick Foundation College Player Showcase exceeded expectations.  The Showcase successfully expands access to quality higher education opportunities for student athletes in underserved communities, while simultaneously exposing participants to a higher level of soccer.  Forty-five student athletes from St. Lucia and Dominica showcased their talents to six coaches from various US-based universities throughout the two day event.  The end result boasted at least 15 partial scholarship offers for students to attend college in the United States of America. 

Notwithstanding our best efforts to provide such life changing opportunities for the Caribbean’s disadvantaged and talented student athletes, the vicious cycle of chronic poverty and consistently rising youth crime rates will continue to affect the vitality of Caribbean communities, economic development, and the very lives of the youth that we are committed to saving. Unfortunately, there are not nearly enough of these programs available to effectively meet the needs of Caribbean’s at-risk youth. We are fully committed to establishing strategic partnerships and collaborations that result in positive collective impact that empowers our at-risk youth to kick free from challenges and become contributing members to their communities.  

We are seeking assistance from generous persons such as yourself to make this dream a reality for our t risk student athletes.  The costs not covered by the scholarship offers are great and our challenge is great.  Please do your part to change the life of a child...

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