Christian Namu Song is a U-19 AYSO player, Life Scout and volunteer with a heart of gold. When he knew that he had to complete a service project to benefit a non-profit, AYSO was the obvious choice for him.
“I’ve been playing AYSO with Region 16 since I was 5 and after all of the positive memories I’ve had, I wanted to do something to give back,” shared Christian.
Working with Region 16 located in Torrance, Calif., Christian decided that he was going to renovate a shed at Columbia Park for the local program that has about 1,000 players.
To get the ball rolling, Christian, who is a junior at North High School in Torrance, Calif., worked with the City of Torrance to get the proper permits since the shed was on city property. He also worked closely with the Mayor of Torrance to ensure the project would be approved.
“We unveiled the shed to the community and it meant so much to see 8 ½ months of work and planning be completed,” said Christian.
The project took 203 hours (and counting) to fundraise, apply for permits, set up the equipment, sand it, paint it, install solar lighting and many other things. Region 16 now has a brand new shed to call their own due to Christian’s generosity.
“From my experience in playing AYSO, I’ve made friends, learned things I wouldn’t have elsewhere and it’s the reason that I’m the person I am today,” said Christian. "My coach for the past eight years, Coach Simpson was also instrumental in helping with my eagle project. Without him, this project wouldn't have turned out as good."
He recommends that all kids go through AYSO and the scouts to become leaders.