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Your generosity makes dreams come true

Mamadi's life started in Guinea. He came to Canada with his mother and sister when he was four years old. Settling in Montreal, Mamadi's mother raised him and his sister on her own, with no family nearby. 

Finances were tight growing up, but Mamadi dreamed of going to university and playing professional soccer. Because of our donors, including many SFU alumni, Mamadi is now in his second year at SFU, competing at an elite level on Canada's only National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) soccer team.

Time-management is one of the greatest challenges for student-athletes. With donor support, Mamadi is able to live close to campus, so he can "spend less time travelling and more time focusing on classes and soccer." Another challenge? Food. "I'm able to buy quality food, which is critical with high-intensity athletic training," says Mamadi. "I think donors have a much bigger influence on our lives than they know. I'm so grateful."

Mamadi has quickly developed into one of SFU's star players. He just had an outstanding season with nine goals and six assists - amazing stats for those unfamiliar with soccer! The Vancouver Whitecaps are already keeping their eye on him.