Henry Kalungi, a member of the Richmond Kickers since the 2009 championship season, is a director and co founder of the Uganda Youth Soccer Academy in his home country of Uganda as an effort to improve the lives of children through soccer.
Kalungi is the director and co-founder of the Uganda Youth Soccer Academy (UYSA), which is a community based soccer academy established to offer opportunities to the disadvantaged youth of Uganda through soccer and education. “We started this academy with a goal of helping the orphans from slums and other places to earn a life,” comments Kalungi. “I go early in the morning on Wednesdays and Saturdays to coach the kids and teach them life skills and to encourage them to make positive decisions.”
One of the prominent non-profit soccer academies, UYSA is dedicated to discovering potential in talented players through specific developmental programs for children of all ages. The academy provides professional soccer coaching activities to over 400 talented boys and girls ages of 3 to 17, many of whom are orphans or displaced by the northern and eastern war. In addition to soccer, the academy assists the children in attaining basic education while providing leadership training to develop sportsmanship and good values.
“I feel the position that I am in right now and the way these kids live, I have to do all that I can through this academy to help change their lives,” states Kalungi. I know it is not easy, but I am determined to help and make sure some of these kids don’t end up back on the streets.”
Originally from Kampala, Uganda, Kalungi represented his country as a member of the U-20 National Team. He came to the United States to play for Winthrop University, earning honors as All-Big South in 2006, as well as team MVP, Big South All-Tournament Team and NSCAA/Adidas All-South Atlantic Region Team. Prior to joining the Kickers, Kalungi spent a season with the Premier Development League side Fredericksburg Gunners, making 14 appearances and posting four shutouts. In 2009, Kalungi joined the Kickers and earned USL Second Division Player of the Week Honors on two occasions. The 2010 campaign was no different for the Ugandan international, earning another USL-2 Player of the Week nod.