Issa Hassan: August 2011
In July of 2011, the 107ist Board voted to award the first scholarship from the Gisele Currier Memorial Fund to Issa Hassan in order to help facilitate his participation in the Olympic Development Program.
Issa’s mother had 11 children, six of whom survived the exodus from war-torn Somalia and the subsequent 8 years in a refugee camp in Kenya and immigration to the United States. Issa is now the oldest sibling in a single parent home; he is essentially the man of the house in addition to his studies at Cleveland High School.
As a result of the monetary assistance from the Gisele Currier Memorial Fund Issa was able to afford travel and registration for the ODP Regional Holdover Camp in California, which is essentially a tryout zone for the US National Team program. From California he went straight to Boise with his regular club team the ESUFC Pumas BU15 to participate in the US Club National Tournament and helped lead them to the semifinals of the tournament with 4 goals despite missing the first game due to travel.
He is currently waiting to hear if he will be offered a position at the Youth National Team level.