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Jacob was born and raised in Edmonton. Football played a critical role in exposing Jacob to mentors who he modeled his life after. The power of sport has enabled Jacob to travel the world, fund his university education, and utilize networking opportunities.
Jacob has represented Canada in international competition and is currently a team captain of York Universities varsity football team. Jacob is scheduled to graduate with a Commerce degree specialized in Finance from York University in the spring of 2019.
“Football has been the most influential factor in my life, it’s hard to imagine where I would be without football. I am truly thankful for the opportunities and lessons the game has taught me. I look forward to using Tiny Strides as a platform to guide disadvantaged youth through the power of sport.”
Daniel was born in Sudan and immigrated to Edmonton at the age of 5. Football kept him away from negative influences in his neighborhood. Daniel credits football with teaching him perseverance when life or sport does not go your way.
Daniel has represented Canada in international competition and is currently a member of the York varsity football team. Daniel is currently working towards an undergraduate degree in Business and Society.
“Football not only changed my life but also changed the lives of those around me. Sport is a powerful tool which has shaped me into the man I am. Through Tiny strides I will relish the opportunity to work with youth and spread the power of sport.”
Gaetano was raised in Athabasca, Alberta. Growing up football was an opportunity for Gaetano to mature through the lessons the game taught him. Football had an immense impact on Gaetano’s life and has introduced positive mentors that still guide him today.
Football brought Gaetano across the country to further his education at the university level and compete with the York Lions football team. At a young age Gaetano had no intention of going to university; sport acted as a motivator for him to work towards higher education. Gaetano is currently working towards an undergraduate degree in Business and Society.
“At a young age football gave me an escape from overwhelming life circumstances. In a confusing world football provided me with the structure and purpose I longed for. Today football has given me the opportunity to work towards a higher education, something I never thought was possible. I am excited to use Tiny Strides to motivate kids to reach their full potential.”
Rossini was born in Cameroun and immigrated to Montreal when he was 8 years old. Early in Rossini’s life he struggled with staying focused on school while being surrounded by challenging circumstances. Rossini stayed in school because he knew if he did not have school he could not play football. When he started to gain interest from university programs, he developed a new appreciation for education. Rossini leveraged his athletic ability to get into university and is now a diligent life long learner.
Rossini has represented Canada in international competition and is currently a team captain of York Universities varsity football team. Rossini is scheduled to graduate with a Business & Society degree with a focus on Global economy and Law and Governance from York University in the spring of 2019.
“At a young age football changed the way I view the world and academics. It gave me an outlet for expression and taught me how to communicate with my surroundings. I am excited to use Tiny Strides to teach the youth similar lessons I learned when I was in their shoes.”