We wanted to let you know that Red Bulls midfielder Luke Sassano is working with CHF International (CHF), the international development and humanitarian assistance organization. The partnership is part of Athletes for Hope’s First Annual Who Gives? Racing for a Cause campaign, which began last Thursday and runs through early January 2010.

Sassano will help to raise support for one of CHF’s many programs in Rwanda, specifically focused on providing educational support for more than 45,000 orphaned and vulnerable children.

“I am very excited and honored to be working with CHF International and Athletes for Hope on the Racing for a Cause campaign,” Sassano said.  “Working with CHF really appealed to me personally because of the many youth projects they have around the world. The initiative to get Rwandan child-headed households and orphans into local schools can help to ensure that their lives, which have been affected by genocide and HIV, can turn in a positive direction.”

CHF’s mission is to work in some of the poorest areas of the world, serving as a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low- to moderate-income communities. In Rwanda, CHF is working to provide school fees and supplies, nutritional and psychosocial support, and vocational training for at-risk children. Additionally, CHF will be facilitating the development of parent-teacher associations (PTA) as well as Drop Out Prevention Response (DOPR) teams as part of its promotion of UNICEF and the Government of Rwanda’s Child Friendly Schools (CFS) Initiative.

The Who Gives? Racing for a Cause challenge is the second phase of a unique 3-part social media and engagement campaign and is the largest virtual competition for charity featuring professional athletes.  Sassano is a member of Athletes for Hope and is racing against 55 other athletes including Athletes for Hope Founders Mia Hamm, Alonzo Mourning, and Muhammad Ali.  To view the leader board and to make a donation, visit

For more information on CHF, visit or follow CHF International on Twitter @chfonline.



  1. Dario Says:

    Good for Luke!

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