THE MĀLAMA FOOTBALL CLUB
Sí se puede.
ABOUT THE MĀLAMA FOOTBALL CLUB
We teach youth from all walks of life that they can achieve anything, and we do that through soccer. We have players who surf backdoor, bake delectable sour dough bread, make & sell our team jewelry, skate mini ramps, work at the local hamburger spot, slap the bass guitar etc. Coach Strider once said, "You do you," and that is what we do. Everyone is unique, and everyone belongs.
THE MFC STAFF
Coach Chuck, also known as Neighbor Nate is an advocate of the “Sí se puede” life. He lives for football, long long long bike rides through bear country, grocery shopping, and kayaking ankle high waves. He developed his passion for youth development after organizing a weekly handball night at the St. Ann's Park in The Bronx. Since then he has directed the Youth Outdoor Recreation program for Life-Line Utah, taught snowboarding to inner city kids with The Burton Chill Program, and is now building The MFC.
Coach David is the mathematician of The Malama Football Club. Working alongside Collegiate footballers, he teaches a style of play that promotes creativity, sportsmanship, and efficiency. He is able to quickly teach proper soccer technique and brings many many laughs to the field. When he is not training, he is running around with his son, Kawika Diego, who at the age of 1.5 years old is the youngest player to sign a lifetime contract with the MFC. Saludos to the Hermano David!
Coach Dalton can do anything. Throw double gainers off diving boards? Can. He even invented a dive that is renowned in The Beehive State. He talks story of a teen who wanted to quit snowboarding before trying. Dalt instilled confidence in him, and after a days work, the grom was all about the snow life. That is the impact Dalt has on youth. Thank you for teaching us how to be open, aware, and accepting of the life around us. Its a privilege to have him on board.
SIR BLAINE GUNN OF IPSWICH
On November 21, 2021, Blaino was recognized as the President of Mālama Football Club. As a manager and player for The Horse Force FC, he is respected through out the Wasatch Front as a scrappy yet personable footballer. He teaches us how to appreciate others differences and find common ground with complete strangers. Ladies and gentleman, Blaine R. Gunn.
Spending 700 + days in Argentina, Benji is el Che de Ches. Ben is a scholarly gentleman and when we have questions, we go to him. He has taken on the role as the treasurer of the Mālama Football Club and has been critical in helping efficiently utilize our resources. He’s a realist who acts and stays present. We love this picture of him and his ma. For years he would drive to her house to do her yard work. He’s an example of living aloha and being loyal to his family, gracias Benji.
This brother can become best friends with his local FedEx driver after a five minute conversation. Rudy T and Coach Chuck met and chatted for five minutes up at The University of Utah back in 2015. There now brothers. He’s genuine and appreciates diversity. When we think of this guy, the word loyalty comes to mind. He stands my his brothers, sisters and his mom through it all and does the same for our club. He has taken the role as the secretary of Mālama FC and helps us understand how to watch out for the underdog and remain loyal to our mission.
Our friend Gabz dubbed him with the name “Mālama Tay,” after consistently doing her dishes and taking out her trash. Tay is thee master story teller who captures our reason through film and photo. Little do you know this lad is a mean footballer. Watch out as he makes an occasional appearance as a sub trainer when he’s not providing us with quality photos and videos from the pitch. Check our guys and hire him out to brand your reason - www.taysteelefilms.com & IG @tay_steele
GAME PLANS IN OUR COMMUNITY
MĀLAMA FOOTBALL CLUB + EL TRANSITO, NICARAGUA
We are grateful to be working alongside The NICA Fund (www.nicafund.org) and The Bananoz Surf House @Bananozsurfhouse_nicaragua to run a 7 week camp in the small fishing village of El Transito, Nicaragua. Team NICA said it best, “We are committed to elevating rural communities throughout Nicaragua by mobilizing local people to do the work. We avoid giving handouts; rather we implement programs that provide opportunities to locals to create change in their lives and communities.”
MĀLAMA FOOTBALL CLUB + NORTHWEST MIDDLE SCHOOL
Coaches Dalty Boy and Blaino alongside Principle Andrea pulled off the impossible by running 19 students through our six week camp. The focus was teaching self worth and how to mālama our classmates who are different from us. During our traditional egg toss challenge, one of teams managed to toss a raw egg 73 times before all chaos broke out. How stoked we were to have our “local GOAT” Rubio Rubin from Real Salt Lake share his wizard life skills followed by the kind hearted musician, Melody Olvera. A sincere thank you to our local sponsors Jeremy Stringham & Versured Insurance, Kris Kappaert from the most authentic Mexican restaurant in the Beehive State, The Blue Iguana. Abrazos and stoke sent to all involved with our Fall 2021 Rose Park Mālama FC.
MĀLAMA FOOTBALL CLUB + BURTON CHILL + MY HOMETOWN
Yes we are footballers, but footballers can rip. Brothers Strider Steele and Coop Turner stepped up to mentor 7 youth from West Valley City through the Burton Chill snowboarding program at Brighton Resort. Chill is a youth development program, revolving around a fully subsidized six-session curriculum, where boardsports become a vehicle for empowerment. Chill’s curriculum consists of experiential learning activities and discussions that are paired with a snowboarding. The core values learned? Respect, Courage, Patience, Persistence, Responsibility, and Pride which provide our youth with a foundation for learning and personal growth. HUGE shouts to Dallon at Burton and Footballer Steve who have made this possible. Lastly, thank you Uncle Jake Carpenter for your vision and giving back.
MĀLAMA FOOTBALL CLUB + THE HOAPILI GROUP
Hoapili // Best Friends - We have the opportunity to be playing soccer with the Hoapili Group of the East Side. Many laughs and good times so far - Briar hiding Tay’s phone, Tash with a yelp of stoke while telling us it was Si’i, jamming to Bob Marley as we play, handing out the international jerseys to wear during scrimmage, learning what the word Mālama means, and Ma’a netting a goal from outer space. Muchas gracias to our coaching staff - Chey, Nels, Kūpono, Jopay, Tash, Mālama Tay, David Diego, Etaggy, Em, Terra, Cruz, and Anslie - Wow, couldn’t have done this without you! Check this link out to learn more about The Superheroes of the Ko’olauloa.
Our new best friends :)
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand.” - Brother Nelson Mandela
OUR SPONSORS ARE FAMILY
Open and inclusive; this is what Abrazo Mate symbolizes. Abrazo Mate is here to help make the world a better place. They bring an open, accepting, and warm environment wherever they go. In a world where it’s an ongoing struggle to figure out who you are and where you fit in, AM is for you, welcoming you with open arms. Join us!
We hope to bring too notch gear to the youth who deserve quality equipment because they deserve to be treated! Thank you for helping our youth feel taken care of on the pitch.
TAY STEELE FILMS LLC
Mālama Tay not only fills in as a sub trainer when we need, but he was the first to sponsor a player during the Spring 2021 session. When he’s not training on the pitch, or taking Gab’s garbage out, you will find him making videos that tell stories. Check him out http://taysteelefilms.com/
Thank you Uncle Jake Carpenter for bringing the world snowboards, and creating the Burton Chill Program to share the stoke for snowboarding with our youth.
Chill is a positive youth development program where boardsports become a vehicle for empowerment. Revolving around a core value-driven curriculum, Chill programs consist of experiential learning activities, reflection, and discussion, paired with board sport lessons.
Support local quality sports gear. Thank you to McCale and Rick who are always promptly andKindly to get us the gear our gets deserve.
Wow, still grateful for this! The Versured team co sponsored our 19 players from Northwest Middle School in Rose Park Utah. A sincere thank you to Jeremy and his crew. Let them take care of your insurance needs just as they took care of our team.
BLUE IGUANA OF SALT LAKE CITY
Even looking at the pictures of their tacos from Hawaii satisfies my appetite. Kris Kappaert, Owner of Blue Iguana, has a heart of gold and co sponsored our Northwest Middle School team. Support taco stands that support our communities. Please eat at Blue Iguana for those who are an oceans distance away from a delectable Mexican dish.
HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED IN THE MĀLAMA FOOTBALL CLUB MOVEMENT?
Whether it’s through a financial donation or volunteering an hour of your time, we appreciate ANY support.
If you feel impressed to donate financially, we want you to feel connected to your contribution and see your donation in action. Jen May from Falco and Sult who made a donation. Together, we came up with a plan for her donation to fund our Nicaragua Project. Specifically, her donation will allow us to bring in a group of Nicaraguan Olympic surfers to come speak to our youth about confidence and setting goals.
We call ourselves the Town’s Club because of the stoke and support we feel from each of you, A sincere thank you.