Akwasi, the Dutch-Ghanaian long distance sprinter spent 8 years of his childhood in a one-room home with his grandmother and nine other children. These tough, long years not only taught Akwasi perseverance, but also made him realize that the best talent often remains underdeveloped and unexplored due to socioeconomic equalities and lack of access to basic necessities in the most deprived communities of the world.
Today, when Akwasi has become an acclaimed athlete and is ready to grab a spot and compete in the 2018 winter Olympics, he believes that it’s time to give back and contribute to the development of his native country, Ghana. He has founded the first Ghana Bobsled and Skeletal Federation that works to defend the sporting interests of its members and provide them all the support and facilities they need to take part and compete in international sports events.
In addition to Ghana, Akwasi has been investing a lot of time and efforts in contributing something on a social level to the young people in the Netherlands since he was fifteen. Currently, he is also engaged in various service projects in the USA. One such project is the GoldenSprint Challenge Invitational that aims to inspire the youth to participate in sports. The program not only involves young volunteers in organizing sports events, but also offers them indoor training and serves the traveling needs of international athletes.
In 2016, Akwasi was voted into Utah Valley University Alumni board of directors and in 2017 the international NGO organization ‘Right to Play’ made him an Athlete Ambassador with the focus on Ghana, Netherlands and USA.
To learn more about Akwasi Frimpong’s community work or to support his mission, you can send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.