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Negus’s Mission: To ignite laughter, smiles and confidence in children throughout Africa by enabling the love and play of more soccer! 


SAVE THE BALL, SOCCER FOR AFRICA 

About Negus: Negus Kloehn died April 28, 2020. He was a gifted athlete and loved soccer tremendously. Negus was adopted when he was 6 years old from Gambella, Ethiopia with his sister Elilta who was 5. They came from a very humble background, a one-room hut with a thatched roof and a dirt floor. They were knee deep in tremendous poverty and had significant health issues. Negus played a lot of soccer in Gambella with other children which is how he learned his exceptional footwork and the mechanics of the body and how to pass, score, trap, etc. People would watch Negus on the field and say he was the next Pele! 

The children in Ethiopia made a ball out of plastic bags and string since they lacked real balls. They did not have nets and they marked the boundaries with stones. Negus’ dream was to become a professional soccer player and provide nets to children of Africa. He thought that by providing nets, children would have more time to play rather than chase balls. Even two weeks before he died, I (his mom) said to Negus, “You are so great at so many sports and so funny and kind, I really wonder what you will do with your life!” Negus responded, “I told you my plan, the nets for children of Africa!” 

"I want to become famous and play soccer to send some soccer nets to Africa so they can put the nets on the goals and play more soccer- so if they shoot on the goal the ball won’t go through the goal, and they don’t have to chase after the ball." - Negus Kloehn  

NET & BALL AWARD APPLICATION 

Please email your application to: [email protected] 

Please include your name, organization name, contact information, and your position within the organization. Please include any photos if you feel pertinent. 

Award Questions: 

1. Please describe the organization you are affiliated with who would like to receive a donation from Save the Ball, Soccer for Africa. Please indicate where you are located within Africa and a typical day for the children in your area. Please include anything you feel relevant to help us understand your setting – ages of children, health issues, poverty, challenges, etc. 

 

2. Please describe your soccer playing setup. Are you in a position to take down and store nets after use or do you desire a more permanent structure? (do we indicate a choice for sizes here?) 

 

3. We desire equipment to be kept safe and secure for future use. Can you describe how this will occur? 

 

4. Please describe why you feel your organization would benefit from net and soccer equipment. 

 

5. Our organization will share the names and locations of recipient winners and would like an annual update of the impact of the donation. We may wish to share photos in order to continue raising donations. Please indicate your acceptance of this should your organization be awarded. 

Please email your application to: [email protected] 

Please include your name, organization name, contact information, and your position within the organization. Please include any photos if you feel pertinent 



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The Negus Kloehn Memorial 3v3 Tournament

Saturday, July 17th and Sunday, July 18,  2021
8:00 am - dusk
Eagle-Vail Homestake Peak Fields
Avon, CO 
Ages: 8-Adult

Money raised goes directly to Save The Ball Foundation. 


Dear Vail Valley Businesses, US Soccer Clubs and Families,

We are excited to announce the 1st Annual Negus Kloehn 3v3 Memorial Soccer Tournament which will be

held Saturday, July 17th and Sunday, July 18th 2021 in Vail, Colorado. Proceeds will benefit Save the Ball,

Soccer for Africa, Inc., a non-profit foundation established to honor Negus Kloehn’s vision and mission to

donate nets and balls to impoverished areas of Africa for children to play more soccer. The tournament

aims to draw out the love of soccer from child to adult. Ages U8 to adult leagues will be able to compete at

this incredible weekend event.

Negus’ Mission: To ignite laughter, smiles and

confidence in children throughout Africa by enabling

the love and play of more soccer!

Fee: $350 Early Registration with league $50 discount,

only early registration $25 discount

Age Range: U8-Adult

Registration Opens: February 16th, 2021

About Negus: Negus Kloehn died April 28, 2020 from epilepsy complications. He was a gifted athlete and

loved soccer tremendously. Negus was adopted when he was 6 years old from Gambella, Ethiopia with his

sister Elilta who was 5. They came from a very humble background, a one-room hut with a thatched roof

and a dirt floor. They were knee deep in tremendous poverty and had significant health issues. Negus

played a lot of soccer in Gambella with other children which is how he learned his exceptional footwork and

the mechanics of the body and how to pass, score, trap, etc. People would watch Negus on the field and

say he was the next Pele!

The children in Ethiopia made a ball out of plastic bags and string since they

lacked real balls. They did not have nets and they marked boundaries with

stones. Negus’ dream was to become a professional soccer player and

provide nets to children of Africa. He thought that by providing nets,

children would have more time to play rather than chase balls. Even two

weeks before he died, Negus expressed his wish to provide nets and balls for

children of Africa.

"I want to become famous and play soccer to send some soccer nets to Africa so they can put the nets on the

goals and play more soccer- so if they shoot on the goal the ball won’t go through the goal, and they don’t

have to chase after the ball." - Negus Kloehn

Negus had a dream and he wrote about it often at school. His dream was to become a professional soccer

player and then coach and distribute nets to children of Africa.

This is a bit from his short story:

Negus says, “That’s nice to help kids play soccer and teach them how to work as a team and never give

up. Always help your teammates get up. Also, help the other team you play against. Even though you

may not want to help them, you should, to show good sportsmanship. That is what good soccer players

do to show good sportsmanship.”

Negus was so touched and felt so much connection to these kids, he went back year after year to be

with his team. And the nets always held out.

Please see savetheballsoccerforafrica.com

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