Ray United FC uses the power of education and soccer to help develop healthy kids and communities. Through community development programs and in partnership with local schools, Ray United FC brings kids together to improve their soccer skills, promote healthy behaviors, and strengthen sportsmanship. All programs are inspired by respect, benefit, and sustainability.
When was Ray United FC formed and why?
Ray United FC was formed in 2014 after Ray Wipfli traveled to Uganda with his mom. Prior to going on the trip Ray collected over 250 pounds of soccer gear from his soccer team as well as money and letters from his 5th grade class to bring to a school in a rural village in Mpigi. He was inspired by the kids he met. He promised he would be back. Since then Ray has been dedicated to raising resources to help assist in generating educational and athletic opportunities for the youth throughout Uganda.
Who is Ray Wipfli?
Just a regular Californian kid who loves to dive and play soccer and video games. Ray believes that every kid deserves the opportunity to succeed in life and seeks to level the playing field both literally and metaphorically.
Who else is Managing the Club?
Ray's parents, Heather and Ralph Wipfli, helped the club get off the ground. A Leadership Council was formed in the Fall of 2015.
Who is on the RUFC Leadership Council?
Leadership Council members include Barry Ritson, Executive Director of Los Angeles Premier FC, Michael Horvat, Senior Directer of Development, University of Southern California, Angela M. Tesselaar, Interior Designer, and Gayle Northrup, Non-Profit Consultant, Malena Ruth, co-Founder of the African Millennium Foundation, youth representatives Sandra Najuna and Ryan Ross.
RUFC is a registered non-profit. It's tax ID code is 46-5381488. All donations are tax deductible.