HOSA Board of Trustees Announces Sister League in Kenya



The Hilliard Ohio Soccer Association (HOSA) and Kenya’s Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) youth soccer leagues are proud to announce a “Sister League” arrangement to promote international understanding and the spirit of sportsmanship.  Both SHOFCO and HOSA are Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations registered with the United States Internal Revenue Service.

Soccer is an integral part of SHOFCO, an internationally recognized grassroots organization located in the Kibera and Mathare slums of Nairobi, Kenya.  SHOFCO began in 2004 when its founder, Kennedy Odede, purchased a 20 cent soccer ball with the goal of developing community spirit and unity.  

From that simple beginning SHOFCO has become an important force for economic and community development in Kenya slums.  Among its many recognitions, SHOFCO is the recipient of the 2018 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Award.  SHOFCO’s achievements include the establishment of the tuition free Kibera School for Girls, the first school specifically for girls in Kibera; operating 7 health clinics in Kibera and Mathare; and the development of an aerial pipe system providing potable water to residents of Kibera.

As part of this “Sister League” arrangement HOSA is encouraging its supporters, as well as supporters of other local[RS1]  soccer leagues, other individuals, companies and entities to donate to the SHOFCO soccer program.  Please visit the SHOFCO page on our website to learn more about SHOFCO.  There you can also make a donation by clicking on the “Donate to SHOFCO” link.  HOSA will not receive any portion of the money donated to SHOFCO.

Further details of SHOFCO and its Section 501(c)(3) U. S. tax returns, awards, Staff, Board of Directors and other pertinent information may be viewed at https://www.SHOFCO.org. Visit https://supportshininghopeforcommunities.org/campaign/shofco-fc/c204299 to view suggested levels of donations and the equipment such donations will purchase.  Donations may also be made on that link.

SHOFCO’s soccer league’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Shofco-FC-819028734775002 and additional information about this soccer program can be viewed at https://www.shofco.org/201007kibera-world-cup-html/.  A video entitled “Coaches”, reflecting the dedication of the SHOFCO soccer mentors, is found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88F_1thN0lc

 [RS1]Do we make this a challenge?