ATLANTA, GA– January 13, 2017– Envistacom, a Hispanic woman-owned counterterrorism, cyber and communications company, selected the Kalonji Family Foundation and Kalonji Soccer Academy (KSA) as the recipient of its charitable support, including sponsorship of more than 200 players’ new jerseys and an additional $10,000 donation to a player who suffered a severe head injury during a game in September.
Alyssa Rodriguez Carson, Envistacom’s president, and Alan Carson, Envistacom’s vice president of markets, initially became involved with the KSA because their son Liam, a part-time Envistacom employee who performs physical security inspections, played in its soccer club before moving to Germany in 2015 to play semi-professionally.
“We were really impressed with the Kalonji Family Foundation and its soccer academy because of their commitment to helping underprivileged and immigrant children,” explains Alan Carson. “Not only does the organization work to develop their teams’ athletic skills, but the coaches and staff also encourage the players of all ages to excel in school as a path to college that is not otherwise available to them,” adds Alyssa Rodriguez Carson.
Rueben Nsemoh, a 16-year-old goalkeeper for the KSA ‘00 Premier Team playing in the Southern Regional Premier League (SRPL), Region III, was seriously injured during a game when he collided with another player resulting in a concussion and subsequent coma. He still suffers from seizures and requires ongoing medical care. Envistacom donated $10,000 to the GoFundMe account for Reuben to help defray some of his medical costs.
Envistacom’s owners are asking employees to join them in making year-end charitable gifts to the Kalonji Family Foundation and KSA whose soccer programs are designed for children ages 4 – 19, regardless of their financial situations. KSA is based in Bryson Park, serving disadvantaged youth from Gwinnett, Dekalb and Fulton counties.
“We really appreciate everything Envistacom has done in sponsoring the Kalonji Family Foundation and our soccer programs,” says Bruno Kalonji, executive director of the Kalonji Family Foundation and KSA. “Having professional jerseys helps our players with their self-esteem and that supports our larger goals of building athletes with mental strength, physical endurance and critical-thinking skills not just on the field, but in life. Envistacom and their employees’ financial support also will help us provide financial assistance to injured players for medical care when their insurance is insufficient,” he adds.
Envistacom is a privately held, Hispanic woman-owned technology company that provides counterterrorism, cyber and communications solutions to U.S. and coalition partners in the aerospace, defense and intelligence communities. Customers rely on Envistacom for innovative technology and subject-matter expertise to achieve their missions in identifying and defeating global threats. Envistacom is a trusted partner in protecting military, civilians and critical infrastructure around the world. For more information, please visit www.envistacom.com.
About the Kalonji Family Foundation
The Kalonji Family foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing disadvantaged youth with a safe, supportive and caring environment to learn not only the game of soccer, but also build skills that will help them become successful throughout their lives. With mentoring, teamwork, focus on school and fostering a sense of community, we are making a positive impact on the lives of underprivileged kids from marginalized areas of metro Atlanta. For more information, please visit www.kffsoccer.org.
About the Kalonji Soccer Academy
KSA, a program run by the Kalonji Family Foundation, is a full-service soccer organization providing programs for children of ages 4-19 regardless of their financial situations. In addition to building soccer skills, shaping our children’s health, and creating a social environment for both parents and their children, KSA takes pride in its ability to increase players’ confidence in their abilities, broaden their opportunities for college, and open the possibility of playing professional soccer. For more information, please visit www.kalonjisocceracademy.com.