Making a difference
On the field, Chivas USA midfielder Michael Lahoud gives it his all. And off the field it’s no different.
Born in Civil War stricken Freetown, Sierra Leone, Lahoud moved to Virginia when he was just two years old. Now, Lahoud wants to give back to his native country by helping rebuild schools, along with the non-profit organization ‘Schools for Salone,’ after the Civil War that ended in 2002 destroyed 1,270 rural primary schools.
As Chivas USA faces Sporting Kansas City this Sunday, April 1st, Lahoud will host his second annual meet-and-greet, where fans are given the opportunity to meet and take pictures with the Red-and-White midfielder as well as fellow MLS player and Sierra Leonean Kei Kamara and ex-Chivas USA midfielder Paulo Nagamura of SKC post-game.
“I’m fortunate to have friends like Kei Kamara and Paulo [Nagamura] that will be helping me, not only celebrate soccer with a great game against Kansas City but also promote the cause,” said Lahoud.
Kicking off as an active member and spokesman for the organization in 2011, creating many events to raise funds and awareness on the organization’s objectives, such as a bowling extravaganza, and hosting more than a hundred fans in the last meet-and-greet with other Chivas USA players.
“As athletes we can give back to people who don’t have the same opportunities that we have,” said Lahoud. “Being from Sierra Leone, I’ve always wanted to give back in some way and ‘Schools for Salone’ came in the perfect time and we’ve developed a relationship.”
But Lahoud’s community efforts do not just focus on Sierra Leone, but as well as the Southern California community. Now on his second year, Lahoud has actively been a part of ‘The Wall Las Memorias,’ which aims to promote the wellness and preventing HIV/AIDS among the community. Lahoud has also trained and mentored the youth program Compton United FC.
“Soccer is the world sport so why not have people playing in an American league give back to the world. I feel that it doesn’t happen as often as it should,” Lahoud concluded.
Interested in meeting Michael Lahoud this weekend? Call Jennifer Miller at (310)630-4587 to purchase your tickets now! If you already bought your ticket, a wristband can be purchased through Fundación Chivas de Corazón USA for $5 to get you in to the meet-and-greet with Michael Lahoud, Kei Kamara and Paulo Nagamura.