Kei Kamara - Sierra Leone Jewel Award Honoree
Leone Stars - Community Leadership Award Honoree
Isaiah Washington - Goodwill Ambassador Honoree
Dennis Waju Broderick - Thy Borothers' Keeper Award Honoree
Dr. Lynton WIlliams - Community Leadership Award Honorree
Kei Kamara - Sierra Leone Jewel Award Honoree
Kei Kamara was born on September 1, 1984 and raised in Kenema, Sierra Leone. He currently plays for Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer. As a teenager, he immigrated to the United States and settled in Hawthorne, California, near Los Angeles. Kamara played college soccer at California State University Dominguez Hills, where he was named third team All-American in his senior season. On September 30, 2008 Kamara scored two goals for MLS champion Hou-ston Dynamo against Mexican club UNAM Pumas in a CONCACAF Champions League match. He has been capped eight times by the Sierra Leone national football team, commonly referred to as the Leone Stars. Kamara has formed a regular partnership up front with fellow Kenema native Mohamed Kallon in the Leone Stars attack. His most recent cap came March 26, 2011, against Niger in Sierra Leone's qualification match for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. He recently took part in providing scholarship donation to the top 10 performing students from the primary school he attended. The children were selected based on scores from performance tests and attendance records. Not only does Kamara focus on giving back to the children of Sierra Leone, but he is also proactive within the Kansas City community and does what he can to give back and help make a difference.
Leone Stars Southern California - Commmunity Leaderhip Award Honoree
Established in 1983, The Leone Stars California Football Club (LS-CFC) uses the game of soccer to engage the California Sierra Leonean community in positive and meaningful activities both locally and nationally. LS-CFC was incorporated into Association of Sierra Leoneans in Southern California in 1984. The association tragically lost their vice president Mr. Ansu Sesay to a heart attack after a soccer practice during that same year. For nearly three decades, LS-CFC has served as a unifying force in the diaspora and also as an excellent support system for integrating new immigrants into the American culture. In 1986, the Association’s leadership successfully organized the first ever LS-CFC versus East coast tournament which has evolved into a popular annual event. LS-CFC engages in soccer tournaments between African as well as non-African teams in the Southern California vicinity almost every year; and participates in the “African Market Place” tournament and nu-merous local community activities in the immediate Los Angeles area each year. LS-CFC has sponsored, collected, sorted, packed and shipped clothing and footwear to amputees in Freetown. Our immediate objective is to provide financial assistance to the Blind School in Freetown that enables purchase of vital non-electrical items. Leone Stars provide great opportunities to network or just hang out with fellow Sierra Leoneans and Sierra Leone wel-wishers during their annual dance, picnic, and other fundraising social events. We are hosting the Annual Sierra Leone Interstate Soccer Association Tournament on July 30th, 2011 at the Griffith Park in Los Angeles (Zoo exit off 5-fwy) and invite you to please join us in strengthening our community.
Dennis Waju Broderick - Thy Brothers Keeper Award Honoree
Mr. Dennis Broderick is a Sierra Leonean and an attorney by profession. He has used his knowledge and profession to serve many sierra Leoneans in Southern California. He does not engage in tribal discourse nor does he discriminate on the basis of tribal origin. His name is a household name in the community. Mr. Broderick is never busy to serve community members. Whenever called upon, he always responds in the affirmative.
Dr. Lynton Williams - Community Leadership Award Honoree
Dr. Lynton Williams is a world renowned orthopedic surgeon who has served his country. He was at the march at Westwood organised by the Sierra Leone community to call the attention of Americans to the brutal invasion of our country by Charles Taylor. He generously contributed financially to dona-tions gathered by the community to help the less fortunate in Sierra Leone. Through his selfless effort and help, several community members have been relieved of the pain and suffering that go with orthopaedic problems. This award is a way of showing the community’s gratitude for what he did.
Isaiah Washington - Goodwill Ambassador Award Honoree
Inspired by founder Isaiah Washington's discovery of his direct genetic link to the Mende´ people of Sierra Leone, The Gondobay Manga Foundation advocates cooperative planning to achieve positive, timely improvements in the lives of the people of Sierra Leone.
By uniting passionate people, The Foundation strives for immediate impact by addressing one village at a time. This singular approach tailors initiatives to the specific needs of the village community, while drawing the attention of the international community to distinct needs and goals. In undertaking issues such as road building, water supply, and electricity, The Foundation will stress the need for reliability, accountability, and sustainability in the infrastructure of Sierra Leone.
The Gondobay Manga Foundation will, by its own example and the example of its alliances, exhibit the principles of reform and rightful behavior to the people and government of Sierra Leone. Mr. Washington's personal path and the vision of The Gondobay Manga Foundation exemplify what is possible when one person's ancestral discovery leads them home to champion the rights and needs of their people.