Sporting Kansas City striker Kei Kamara was named the recipient of a Goodwill Award from the United Brothers and Sisters of Sierra Leone (UBSSL) at the organization’s Inaugural Dinner and Awards event, held April 30th in Fullerton, California.
Kamara, born in Kenema, Sierra Leone, is a member of the Leone Stars National Team and has seven appearances, most recently in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in March.
Sporting Kansas City’s leading goal scorer in 2010, Kamara has scored the team’s last three goals this season and has also devoted time away from the field to support his homeland. Following the team’s 3-2 victory over Chivas USA, Kamara joined Chivas midfielder and fellow Siera Leone native Michael Lahoud in an autograph session to support Schools for Salone.
He has also been heavily involved in the Kansas City community, earning MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Month honors last September when he helped support a local high school student collect soccer equipment to be sent to those in neeed in Sierra Leone. He was also active in welcoming 25 refugee children to a Sporting Kansas City training session for a youth clinic and established a scholarship donation program for students at the primary school he attended as a child.
UBSSL held the event in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Sierra Leone’s independence as a nation. The Goodwill Awards are given annually to recognize individuals for charitable acts and humanitarian efforts that help Sierra Leoneans.
Kamara, who was unable to attend due to Sporting Kansas City’s match in New York, expressed his gratitude for the award in the video embedded below…