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Los Angeles Times Valley Sun, July 3, 2019

La Canada students set out to to teach, reach Ugandans and learn valuable lessons in return
A contingent of high schoolers recently returned from a trip to Uganda, where they led workshops and demonstrations for students on everything from poetry to nutrition to mindfulness but were stunned at the lessons that awaited them there…more

Los Angeles Times Valley Sun, November 15, 2018

Wipfli Makes a Splash
La Cañada High School sophomore Ray Wipfli has been up to a lot in the past five years. When he was 11, the soccer enthusiast helped create Ray United FC, a nonprofit that’s raised more than $200,000 to build soccer camps in Uganda. The camps double as education and resource distribution hubs… more.

Los Angeles Times Valley Sun, August 9, 2018

La Cañada Valley Sun Top 10 Boys’ Athletes of the Year
3 Ray Wipfli, La Cañada diving — It what a truly amazing year in and out of the pool for the freshman, who in September was a recipient of the prestigious Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, given to 25 “inspiring, public-spirited young people from across North America.”…more

LA Parent, December 14, 2017

Young Heroes: Local Student Wins Global Barron Prize
When Ray Wipfli, bottom left, was 10, he left his La Cañada-Flintridgehometown to accompany his mother on an international work trip that would prove life-changing for him…more

Mother Nature Network, November 1, 2017

Meet 20 kids who are changing the world right now
These kids see no reason to wait until they are older to make a difference in the world…more

La Canada Outlook, September 28, 2017

Local Student Wins Young Hero Prize
La Cañada Flintridge resident Ray Wipfli has been named a national winner of the 2017 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. Each year, the Barron Prize celebrates 25 inspiring young people from across North America who have made a significant positive difference…. more

Los Angeles Times Valley Sun, September 28, 2017

Local teen Ray Wipfli recognized for efforts in Uganda: ‘It takes hard work…to make change happen in the world’
Ray Wipfli was 10 years old in March 2014 when, just back from a trip to Uganda with mom Heather, he shared at a TEDx speaking event how he’d bonded with Ugandan children over their shared love of soccer… more

USC Institute for Global Health, September 12, 2017

It’s all fun and games at Uganda public health camp
An interdisciplinary team of USC public health and pharmacy students and alumni concluded their summer in the grassy fields of northern Uganda, where they led a public health and soccer camp for more than 1,000 youth… more

La Canada Outlook, March 9, 2017

Student Collecting Textiles to Fund Training in Africa
Without even the wave of a fairy godmother’s wand, that box filled with clothes you’ve been meaning to donate could be turned into health, citizenship and soccer education for children in Africa….. more

Daily Trojan, August 24, 2016

Students teach health with soccer in Uganda
Approximately eight USC graduate and undergraduate students traveled to a Ugandan camp for a week this summer to educate children living in rural areas about health and well-being …more

USC News, August 23, 2016

Kicking it: Public Health program turns Uganda’s fields into grassy classrooms
Student from USC and Africa teach youngsters about render roles, hygiene and soccer. Cultural barriers gave way to goals and slide-tackles in Uganda this summer as part of a public health immersion camp led by USC students and alumni….

The Press Enterprise, June 8, 2016

Yucaipa: How boy, 10, used donated crayons to help needy kids in Uganda

La Canada Outlook, May 5, 2016

Real Talk from LCUSD Students with Big Ideas
Seventh-grader Ray Wipfli returned to the scene where, two years ago, he broke news about this plans for delivering soccer gear to kids in Uganda. He offered an update: more here…

La Canada Valley Sun, June 5, 2015

Young philanthropist hopes to build on success

Last March, Ray began a mission to raise $20,000 to start a soccer camp in rural Uganda, where impoverished children would have access to food, health education and improved school facilities. More…

La Canada Outlook, March 19, 2014

PCY Student Delivers in Return to Uganda 
 Paradise Canyon Elementary School 6th-grader Ray Wipfli unknowingly sparked a national conversation last month – in Uganda. More…

NTV Uganda, February 18, 2015

11 year old American donates to Mpigi school
An eleven year old boy from the United states has raised over 20,000 dollars to help construct a class room block for Namabo primary school in Mpigi district.
View additional links to TV and newspaper stories related to Ray’s visit to Uganda in February 2015.

La Canada Valley Sun, December 25, 2014

Sixth-grade TEDx speaker discusses mission to build school, start soccer camp in Uganda
In March, Paradise Canyon Elementary School fifth-grader Ray Wipfli introduced fellow students to his personal mission to raise $20,000 to build a school and start a soccer camp for children in rural Uganda. More…

La Canada Outlook, July 17, 2014

LCF Family Travels to Center of Soccer Universe
So far through online donations (, in-person donations, plus donations from LA Premier FC ad Launch Soccer Camps, Ray has raised more than $5,000. More…

La Canada Outlook, March 26, 2014

PCY 5th-Grader Brings Soccer and Smiles to Ugandan Kids
Have a ball.
In so many words, that’s what then-10-year-old Ray Wipfli said to the kids he visited in Uganda in February. More …

La Canada Valley SunMarch 13, 2014

Student recalls Uganda trip at LCHS TEDx talk
Among the 14 local students who participated Sunday in La Cañada Unified School District’s TEDx event, where students shared their hopes, dreams and ideas with the community, one speaker caught the attention of the audience — 10-year-old Ray Wipfli. More …

La Canada OutlookMarch 20, 2014

LCHS Students Provide Feedback to Teachers
Ten-year-old Ray Wipfli talked about his recent trip to Uganda, where he distributed soccer balls and equipment to schoolchildren in an effort to promote peace, respect and understanding between cultures. More….