The 17 Year-Old Soccer Coach


We caught up with Riesmarley Tokaay during the Favela Street workshops this month. This young soccer coach is most definitely one of the program’s role models. She uses the leadership skills she’s learned during the program to be a positive influence on her community; opening doors for at risk youth to focus on sports. Tokaay is quite the household name in the local soccer scene as well. Besides coaching, you’ll find this 17 year-old practicing her beloved sport with her team Hubentut Fortuna Damas. She’s also part of the national team and has represented Curaçao in numerous regional championships. It takes a lot of discipline and practice to do what Riesmarley does; she has to in order to reach her goals of becoming a pro soccer player. We have no doubt in her capacity and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for this genuine soul.


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