Our Team

Soccer 4 Hope (S4H) is led by the Hoops 4 Hope (H4H) team, individuals dedicated to making the lives of girls and boys in disadvantaged communities in Zimbabwe and South Africa stronger, healthier, and more productive. We feel fortunate to have four full-time Directors, 35 All Star Community Coordinators, and hundreds of Volunteers. Our headquarters are in New York, but the real difference is made by our contributing organizations and volunteers.

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Tree of Life

S4H / H4H Tree of Life

All Star and MVP Team Coaches

Our secret weapon is the Team Coach. A good coach is much more than just a sports teacher; he or she is:

  • A mentor and role model who helps young people cultivate the discipline that will help them achieve success in other parts of their lives;
  • An trustworthy older person who cares and who can give the support a young person needs to build Life Skills as well as court skills;
  • A recruited, trained, and caring individual, often a local athlete, who teaches the game they love while helping children develop the skills to stay healthy and excel in the game and in life.

Our coaches aim to become an effective activist and advocate for positive change in the lives of these young people who grow up in very challenging environments. The educational role the All Star (high school aged) and MVP (post-graduate) coach plays is proactive rather than reactive. They provide a rare opportunity to discuss those important life changing and damaging topics with young people.

Contributing Organizations

South Africa
Western Cape Basketball Association
Mitchell’s Plain Basketball Academy
Desmond Tutu Foundation
Ilitha Lomso Children’s Organization
Grassroots Soccer
Philani Project
Ikhwezi Lomso Youth Development Project
Molo Songololo
New World Foundation
TAC Treatment Action Committee
Ikamva Labantu
Ministry of Sport, Education and Culture
Basketball Union Zimbabwe
Harare Children’s Home
Lovemore House
Richwood Disabled Club
The Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC)