Nations United Soccer is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to connect Soccer, Education and Community to create a support network for under-served refugee and immigrant youth. With this network, players will learn the skills necessary to excel academically and successfully engage in the Boise community.
Who We Are
Mary Karol Taylor
Founder & Director
Mary Karol has taught at South Jr. High in Boise, Idaho for 19 years, teaching English and Reading. She is currently South’s school librarian. Nations United FC was established in 2016 after conversations with two of her refugee students revealed their deep love of soccer and their lack of opportunities to play.
Hey! My name is Osman! I am a 25 year old former refugee from Somali. My family and I traveled here in 2008, 4 years later I applied and received my citizenship. I have been married for 2 years to my wife, Lusacia. I am currently an escrow agent for Idaho Housing and Finance, and a Delta ramp agent. As a former high school soccer player and current indoor league player, I was eager to get involved with coaching for Nations United. I have thoroughly enjoyed helping these kids sharpen their skills over the last two seasons! I am honored to be the head coach this season, and look forward to the duration of our season.
Moses Muyumbe Mukengezi
Moses Mukengezi was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and developed his passion for soccer by playing in the streets with his siblings and friends. In 2007, Moses and his family moved to Boise. One of the first things he did was find a soccer field and luckily enough Idaho Rush Soccer Club had teams playing at those fields. He played soccer for Idaho Rush and Boise High School until graduating and moving on to play at Treasure Valley Community College for 2 years. After coming back to Boise to complete his bachelor’s degree in sociology at Boise State University. Nations United gives him the opportunity to combine his two passions of soccer and helping the refugee community while sharing his passion for soccer with kids that are just like he was.
Jessica grew up playing soccer here in the Boise area. She played club with Les Bois United which has since merged into FC Nova, and also played varsity 4 years at Boise High School. Jessica’s freshman year of college she attended Seattle Pacific University on a soccer scholarship, however, her sophomore year she decided to leave the soccer field and pursue her dream of learning Spanish and traveling. She studied abroad in San Sebastian, Spain where she was immersed in Spanish and futbol culture. Today, apart from working with Nations United, Jessica works as a Spanish teacher at Hillside Junior High. Nations United gives Jessica the opportunity to engage in 3 of her biggest passions: engaging with other cultures, working with young adults, and soccer.
My name is Fredrick Shema, I was born in Rwanda but raised in Nakivale camp, a small refugee camp in Uganda where I developed my love for the beautiful game of football. I grew up playing soccer with my friends on dusty fields with homemade soccer balls and that made me love soccer even more. When I arrived in Boise in 2012, I had to choose between following my dreams of soccer or acquiring a good education and I decided to pursue a degree in International Studies at the University of Idaho. I was involved on the club team at the U of I, but now I'm back in Boise. I'm so happy to coach the U12 Nations United team while still pursuing my career in Law school. I love watching the kids with the same passion for soccer improve everyday and I hope they can learn from me as much as I learn from them every single day!
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