Sami Eladhari Foundation [SamiEladhari.org]
Organized by: Francine Brasseur
“This fund will provide opportunities for young people throughout the soccer community. We will provide educational scholarships and other opportunities for qualified applicants who demonstrate a thirst for learning and travel, a genuine love for the game and for those who inspire others in the soccer community. These are qualities emblematic to the late Sami Eladhari and this fund is created in his memory”.
Sami Eladhari of Arlington, MA passed away on 18 June 2014 at the age of 32.
After graduating Arlington High School in 2000, Sami went on to study at Springfield College, where he received his BA in Communications / Sports Journalism in 2004. He furthered his education with a master’s degree in Multimedia Sports Journalism from Universidad Europea de Madrid in 2005.
A natural linguist; in addition to English, he spoke French, Spanish, and Italian. Sami spent a year in Alcala de Henares, successfully completing the Advanced DELE diploma in Spanish.
Sami’s real passion, however, was for soccer.
His love of the game kept him involved in numerous Boston area soccer camps and teams as coach and mentor to hundreds of young athletes. Most notably, Sami was on the coaching staff for AC Milan, Sachems FC, FC Greater Boston Bolts in Revere, and Soccer 101 Academy. He was the Lexington High boys’ varsity soccer coach, where he was admired for his integrity and dedication.
Sami’s zest for life, sense of humor, and positive disposition were an inspiration to anyone who’s ever met him. A seasoned traveler and sincere friend, Sami had companions from all walks of life, in all corners of the world. Despite the enduring burden of an ailing body, Sami never complained, but chose to live his life with gusto and passion, devoting himself to the pursuits that fueled him. In addition to his family, Sami leaves behind the many friends, colleagues, students, and players who were deeply touched by his light.
A foundation has been established in Sami’s memory to continue his lifelong work of bringing his love of soccer to young people. Donations can be sent to The Sami Eladhari Foundation, P.O. Box 203, Arlington MA 02476 or quickly and easily give online here: www.crowdrise.com/SamiEladhari.
Please visit www.SamiEladhari.org more information about the foundation (in development).