Meet the Coaches Working in Cambodia

August 19, 2013. Three CAC coaches have landed in Cambodia for our first-ever program in this Southeast Asian Country. For the next two weeks we will be working with Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) which is based in the capital city of Phnom Penh. ISF looks to help some of the poorest, most disadvantaged children in Cambodia. Part of their organization is a network of football squads through schools, NGOs, and communities throughout the country. Working with ISF for the next two weeks from Coaches Across Continents are Brian Suskiewicz, Emily Lambert, and Helena Bassett.

Both Brian and Emily are long-time coaches with CAC having worked in over a dozen different countries. However having the opportunity to work in Cambodia made both of them volunteer immediately. Joining them is Helena Bassett, a sophomore at the University of Chicago in the United States. Helena learned of CAC through her good friend and classmate Micaela Harms who volunteered last summer with CAC.  Helena is a former captain of Taos High School in New Mexico (USA) and has traveled extensively in India and other countries.  This is also her first trip to Cambodia.

helena bassettFive Fun Football Facts with Helena

Favorite Team: US Women’s National Team
Favorite Player: Messi
Favorite Coach: Michael Hensley (former HS coach)
Favorite Movie: City of God
Who will win the World Cup 2014 and 2015: Brazil & USA
Why I am looking forward to working with CAC?I think soccer brings people together across all boundaries and can implement social justice and change more than any other sport or initiative.”
Coaches Emily, Brian and Helena during our first day of training with Indochina Starfish!

Coaches Emily, Brian and Helena during our first day of training with Indochina Starfish!

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