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Inspire & Empower Underprivileged Youth Through Education and Sports

Aspire Foundation

Empowering Deprived Youngsters in Kenya

Aspire Foundation was founded in 2017 as an addition to the Aspire Sports family
by Edinah and Stan.

Our Mission

Inspire, empower underprivileged youth through Education and Sports. To show the path out of poverty begins with ensuring quality education and a healthy lifestyle are attained. We also strive to empower and inspire women and girls to develop their potential to the fullest.

To create an environment to succeed, the Aspire Foundation developed the pioneering ‘mission’ review process that tracks, checks, and challenges each sport on their success journey.

Aspire Foundation
Aspire Foundation

Ensuring Improvement

The mission, which was initially developed for Aspire Foundation programs, is a tool to ensure continuous improvement and has improved our ability to identify issues and find solutions before they adversely impact athletes’ performances.

We work with each sport’s performance team to assess and reflect on areas of strength and weakness. Sports analyze elements of their athlete development and support programs in three key areas.

  • Athletes – performances, development profiles, well-being, health, & commitment

  • System – the staff, structures, facilities, processes, knowledge, and expertise

  • Climate – the culture, feel and day-to-day function experienced by athletes and staff


Edinah Simmons: I was recruited out of high school to play professional volleyball. I was involved in both beach volleyball and indoor volleyball from 2000 until my retirement in 2019. I played for the Kenya National Team and played internationally in places like Turkey, Dubai, and Seychelles. I founded Aspire Sports in 2015, where I did talent search and mentoring for young athletes in remote areas of Kenya. In 2017 my husband and I founded Aspire Foundation and did outreach to the underprivileged children throughout Kenya.

Stan Simmons: I served 20 years in the military and, upon my retirement, worked in the mental health field for 19 years. My last position was with the Veteran’s Administration, where I worked in a homeless program with veterans in recovery from drug/alcohol addiction. In 2017 my wife and I founded Aspire Foundation, a registered non- profit in Kenya. Together we serve underprivileged children as well as children’s homes throughout Kenya.