Established in 2015 by Aaron and Natashae King, Free Kick Foundation seeks to provide an alternate path for Caribbean youth born into or living in under served, underrepresented and economically depressed communities in the various islands, using soccer as a catalyst for positive change.
Having been born in one such community, soccer afforded Aaron the opportunity to remain engaged, focused and sparked within him the desire to succeed. While Aaron was able to avoid getting involved in criminal activity, he looked on sadly as many of his friends and family members fell victim to their circumstances – a life or crime, drugs, and, ultimately, prison and early death. Drawing from their unfortunate experiences, and because of his desire to never disappoint his dear grandmother, Eileen Larcher (RIPP), Aaron remained on course, and seized and maximized every opportunity to take his life in a different direction. This resilience and determination paid off in 1994, when a family friend recognized Aaron’s talent, dedication and love for the game of soccer. This connection led to a full scholarship to East Stroudsburg University (Pennsylvania). Always aware and eternally grateful for the chance that he was given, Aaron excelled at soccer while earning a first class education; he graduated in 1997 with a BA in Accounting and a BA in Economics.
This experience planted in Aaron the seed to pay it forward, and birthed Free Kick Foundation. The organization eventually welcomed a Board of Directors and Officers who are all driven by a shared passion for the great game of soccer, and the joint desire to offer positive engagement, thereby changing the lives of disadvantaged Caribbean youth.