Denkyem Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2006. Denkyem aims to use soccer as a force of positive change and growth in communities throughout the USA and Africa. Denkyem is the recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) coaching scholarship in 2011 and 2012 in recognition of the work we do in our community.
This organization was founded by Ghanaian-born American King Ohene Obeng Asomaning, who was concerned about the plight of African American youth in relation to educational development, life-skills development, health, and career opportunity. Denkyem Foundation also plans to include the struggles in the same dwindling numbers of Hispanic youth, African immigrant populations, Caucasian youth, and the Asian youth.
Denkyem does not discriminate on socioeconomic class either, making the organization inclusive of higher-income families and youth. Studies have shown that youth coming from rich families also have too much time on their hands and are susceptible to delinquency and non-productive activities. Denkyem Foundation plans to create an environment in which American youth as well as his/her counterparts in Africa and across the globe enjoy the diversification and unification of our program, regardless of religion, gender, origin, and race. Denkyem stands for inclusiveness and tolerance of diverse backgrounds because together we build, and divided we fall.
In fact, Denkyem, in Ghanaian language, is a symbol of solidarity with different ideas, notions and beliefs, under “one belly.” With a team of like-minded and concerned staff, Denkyem Foundation aims to bring together people from all walks of life through its collaborative programming.