Event: Play for a purpose “Influence the World Soccer Game”
The Andrew J. Young Foundation hosted a group of 16 high-school students, non-elite soccer players from Cote D’Ivoire and Niger for a soccer street game during their Atlanta Tour on September 19th. This game took place in Downtown Atlanta at a soccer field located in the Five Points MARTA Station, one of the first in the nation at a transit center.
The group visited Ambassador Andrew Young in the morning at the foundation where they learned about who He is and what He has done. Later in the afternoon, the group played African-American, Latino and Refugee children from metro Atlanta.
“ Playing soccer not only to score a goal, but to learn how to listen and work as a team for a common goal is one of the value our kids sweated for during the game. The Andrew J. Young Foundation and Soccer in the Streets ultimate goal was to introduce our delegation coming from Cote d’Ivoire and Niger to ‘Play For a Purpose’ and learn about social inclusion, conflict resolution and leadership on a field.”
Taylor Medlin and his wife, Lacey Medlin, have had a heart for service and missions-related ventures since their youth.
Taylor has a background in finance and now works at a private holdings company. He is a serial entrepreneur and seeks to create innovative businesses that will do more than bring profit. He believes “to whom much is given, much is required.”
Lacey has her Masters in Holistic Child Development with a focus on Non-Profits and community work. She currently runs her own business as a Health and Wellness coach, educating people on holistic health and living free from physical and financial pain.
Lacey student-taught in Sierra Leone and has had a heart for the country since. God graciously opened the door to be back in Sierra Leone to complete a new project in sustainable agriculture that ignited Taylor’s passions as well. They have chosen to partner with the CEO of Hatponics, Ryan Cox. His company began as a big vision, “to deliver farms, not food, to the world’s food insecure.” The initial stage/ “farm” of this system will feed 300-900 people per day, while the second stage will feed up to 15,000 people per day. This is done through:
“HATponics systems are based largely on the ancient farming practice of aquaponics, which means they use approximately NINETY PERCENT LESS WATER than traditional soil farms and only a fraction of the electricity. In fact, several HATponics systems are POWERED BY WIND AND SUN. What’s more, they can be set up anywhere in the world, from a downtown building to a rocky hillside. As the world population soars, oceans are overfished and farmland is depleted, innovative solutions are needed more than ever. HATponics builds farms that are designed to become self-sustaining ecosystems. More importantly, we’re training a new generation of farmers through unique partnerships with schools, nonprofits and government agencies.” Find out more about their mission, vision, and projects around the world at www.hatponics.com .
While they are in the process of creating an established non-profit to raise funds, Taylor and Lacey have partnered with the Andrew Young Foundation to further their reach and influence in Africa. Andrew was a US Ambassador to Africa and has the ability to help in a variety of ways to facilitate this process as he has partnered with Ryan and HATponics since their conception. “The vision of The Andrew J. Young Foundation is to support and promote education, economic justice, health, leadership and human rights initiatives in the United States, Africa and around the globe that work to improve the human condition.” Find out more about the foundation at www.andrewjyoungfoundation.org .
They have already begun the first half of the first stage of the project. They are seeking $70,000 more to complete the first stage in Sierra Leone. They believe that through your partnership they will be able to complete the first stage quickly, then move to the second stage and beyond. They are looking for people to join them financially and emotionally in this project to create sustainable change in Africa, starting with Sierra Leone. It is imperative that we contribute to help meet the physical needs of those less fortunate who desperately desire the knowledge to self-sustain. Will you consider joining them?
They are forever grateful.
Lacey and Taylor Medlin
Ambassador Andrew Young talks with students from Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy during his tour of local business HATponics, which works with students on sustainable projects around the globe. For more information on our visit, take a look at the full story featured in Chatter Magazine.
Aquaponics is known as a “closed loop system,” meaning everything is recycled — even waste. Fish waste fertilizes the plants and the plants’ roots purify the water to return to the fish. Aquaponics uses 90 percent less water than traditional soil farms and a fraction of the electricity. In fact, several HATponics systems are powered by sun and wind. When using aquaponics, you can produce as much food on 1/3 of an acre than you can on 10 acres with traditional farming, according to the Andrew J. Young Foundation.
A student-created and -built wind turbine helps pump water through fish tanks, circulating fish waste to the plants in deep-water grow beds (pictured at above).
For more information on HATponics and the amazing work they do, please visit:
Ambassador Young at the Nigerian Convention 2017
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