Abdul Razak Umar Kasim, a social entrepreneur, a life coach and a talent development officer, didn’t receive his nickname ‘Romario’ for no reason. He has been known for playing football in his local community, Mamobi in Accra and gain a lot from the game, finding friendship in his teammates and learning important life skills like teamwork and discipline. His dream was to play a professional football but due to circumstances beyond his control, he couldn’t pursue his dreams of becoming a Pro.
When growing older, he developed so much love for working with children and wanted to give back to the game that gave him so much joy. He has been active in schools and community sports programs for over 20 years and has also participated in several workshops in Ghana and abroad.
When meeting YETS Foundation founder Peter Ottens from The Netherlands during his visit to Ghana in 2011, the two connected on their vision of how to implement sports as a social tool: Youth at risk don’t necessarily lack sports activities, they lack positive role models who provide a safe space they can belong to and develop themselves in independent participators of society.
Abdul Razak is a Co-Founder and Director for YETS Ghana.