Meet the Mentees and Host Organizations

Gabriela de Miranda Pinheiro, Luta pela Paz
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mentor: Peter Hero, RAFT
San Jose, CA

Ms. Gabriela Pinheiro works as the Institutional Relations Manager at Luta Pela Paz. Luta uses boxing and martial arts, combined with education and personal development, to help young people from high-risk communities reach their potential. Through participating in Sport for Community, Ms. Pinheiro aims to create a strategic fundraising strategy for Luta and learn how to best manage organizational data and information.  She also hopes to learn how to cultivate sponsorships and manage campaigns.  Ms. Pinheiro endeavors to share and implement lessons learned from her mentorship within Luta as well as with other organizations.

Louise Mendes Bezerra, Rede Esporte Pela Mudança Social
São Paulo, Brazil
Mentor: Dr. Nancy Peter, Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Ms. Louise Bezerra works as the Network Executive Secretary for Rede Esporte Pela Mudança Social (Sports for Social Change Network, SSCN), a network comprised of 52 organizations working with sport-for-development throughout Brazil. Through participating in Sport for Community, Ms. Bezerra endeavors to improve her ability to engage network member organizations, increase her coordination and communication skills, learn new advocacy techniques and identify funding opportunities.

Julio Cruz Lima Adeodato, Associação Desportiva Mariners
Recife, Brazil
Mentor: Jamie Rocha, GlideSlope
New York, NY

Mr. Julio Adeodato works as the President, Marketing Director and Coach at the Associação Desportiva Mariners. The Associação Desportiva Mariners is anonprofit American football team that supports approximately 120 football players. Through participating in Sport for Community, Mr. Adeodato aims to learn how to grow a nascent sport and organization, increase opportunities to teach youth the importance of sport and gain skills to better develop partnerships and identify resources that support the Mariners football team and American football in Brazil.  Mr. Adeodato also strives to become a better leader.

Ana Elisa Guginski Caron, Instituto Compartilhar
Curitiba, Brazil
Mentor: Cristina Ballesteros, YMCA San Diego
San Diego, CA

Ms. Ana Elisa Caron works as a Project Analyst for Instituto Compartilhar, an organization founded by the Brazilian Olympic volleyball champion coach Bernardinho in 2003. The institute uses volleyball to promote citizenship and mutual understanding, as well as values such as: cooperation, responsibility, respect and autonomy. The institute’s projects benefit approximately 4,200 children and adolescents between the ages of 9 and 15. Ms. Caron’s goals for Sport for Community are to improve her organization’s impact assessment capabilities, gain new techniques for teacher training and motivation, and increase Instituto Compartilhar’s reach while developing new programs for younger children.  Ms. Caron also would like to learn new sport-based methodologies to teach values and implement all of these lessons learned in Brazil.

Camilla Orlando Santana Verissimo, Capital Feminina Women's Soccer Academy
Brasilia, Brazil
Mentor: Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak, University of Central Florida Women’s Soccer
Orlando, FL

Ms. Camilla Verissimo works as the Owner, Manager, and Coach at Capital Feminina Women’s Soccer Academy. Capital Feminina provides soccer training to girls between 12 and 19 years old as well as adult female soccer players. The organization has been operating for almost two years and supports approximately 50 female athletes. Through participating in Sport for Community, Ms. Verissimo aims to increase the number of female athletes Capital Feminina reaches, support the development of women’s soccer throughout Brazil, develop an English language training component for the Capital Feminina, and learn how successful sports development organizations are managed and funded.  Ms. Verissimo also hopes to explore the structure of high school, collegiate and professional leagues in the United States and how these each play a role in the development of female soccer.

Victor Cavallari Souza, Associação Pró-Esporte e Cultura
Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
Mentor: Lawrence Cann, Street Soccer USA
New York, NY

Mr. Victor Souza works as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist at the Associação Pró-Esporte e Cultura (APEC). APEC, founded in 1996, is a nonprofit that implements sports-based programs for at-risk children. APEC’s programs reach 2,300 children, 8 to 12 years old, in four cities throughout the state of São Paulo. Through participating in Sport for Community, Mr. Souza aims to learn new ways to think about social problems and social inclusion through sports.  He also endeavors to learn new methodologies to increase the effectiveness of sport-based youth development programs. Mr. Souza also hopes to gain new tools and skills for increasing program reach and assessing project impact.

Gabriel Mayr de Oliveira Silva, Urece Sports and Culture for the Blind
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mentor: Mark Lucas, United States Associate of Blind Athletes
Colorado Springs, CO

Mr. Gabriel Mayr is a founding member of Urece Sports and Culture for the Blind, where he works as the Institutional Relations Manager. Urece is an NGO based in Rio de Janeiro that promotes sports and culture for the blind. The organization uses sport as the means to increase social inclusion, employability skills and educational opportunities for participants. Through participating in Sport for Community, Mr. Mayr aims to increase the reach of Urece and identify sustainable funding opportunities, learn successful advocacy techniques, and have a mentor evaluate and assess Urece’s development. Additionally, he would love the opportunity to organize an event to promote soccer for the blind in the United States.

Luiz Sergio Pereira da Silva Filho, Centro Integrado de Estudos e Programas de Desenvolvimento Sustentável
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mentor: Sean Hinkle, DC Scores
Washington, DC

Mr. Luiz Sergio Filho works as Project Manager at Centro Integrado de Estudos e Programas de Desenvolvimento Sustentável (Center for Integration and Sustainable Development, CIEDS). CIEDS is a nonprofit, philanthropic organization founded in 1998 that recently gained United Nations Economic and Social Council status. CIEDS seeks to promote a society based on knowledge, cooperation and the empowerment of individuals through creating strategic bonds between organizations. Through participating in Sport for Community, Mr. Filho aims to improve his knowledge of social-development- focused projects, gain a better understanding of how sport can be used as a tool for social development, and observe new sport-based projects.

Alessandro Martins, Instituto Trevo Tecnologia Social
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mentor: Jamie Rocha, GlideSlope
New York, NY

Mr. Alessandro Martins works as the Project Development Manager at Instituto Trevo Tecnologia Social, an organization that uses sports and education to create social change. Instituto Trevo supports and develops projects and social policies through partnerships between the public and private sectors. Through participating in Sport for Community, Mr. Martins hopes to: learn best practices from other sport-for-development projects, develop new projects that engage the private and public sectors, and improve his management skills and sport-based youth development knowledge.

Matheus Triska de Oliveira, Triska Santos Tennis School
Canoas, Brazil
Mentor: Lance Lee, Legacy Youth Tennis and Education
Philadelphia, PA

Mr. Matheus de Oliveira is the founder and coach at Triska Santos Tennis School. The academy provides tennis classes to all ages and all levels. Mr. de Oliveira and his academy staff are currently working on a project called PRO-ESPORTE; a project created by the sports authorities from the state of Rio Grande do Sul with the goal of implementing sports programs through three centers: a social center, a new talent development center and a high-performance center. The goal of the social center is to provide tennis classes, psychological support, reading workshops, meditation practices, yoga, arts and dance classes to under-privileged youth. Through participating in Spot for Community, Mr. de Oliveira aims to create greater opportunities for marginalized youth to play tennis, gain financial and program management skills, learn how to best work with schools, and develop a holistic methodology that supports youth development.

Priscila Regina Lopes, Federal University of Jequitinhonha and Mucuri Valleys (UFVJM)
Diamantina, Brazil
Mentor: Dr. Ana Palla-Kane, University of Maryland School of Public Health
College Park, MD

Ms. Priscila Lopes is a Gymnastics Professor at the Federal University of Jequitinhonha and Mucuri Valleys (UFVJM). She is also the leader of a gymnastics group and the coordinator of Diamantina Gym Group. Through participating in Sport for Community, Ms. Lopes aims to increase her knowledge and skills in gymnastics, learn how to plan and manage educational sport programs for marginalized youth, and create partnerships to support these programs.

Daniel Henrique da Silva Leite, Sesc Interlagos
São Paulo, Brazil
Mentor: Heather McDanel, Students Run Philly Style
Philadelphia, PA

Mr. Daniel Leite works as a Sports Monitor at SESC (Social Service of Commerce) Interlagos. SESC was created in 1946 and is a private institution with a public mission: to assist commerce and service employees, especially those in low-income families, through nonformal educational programs. In São Paulo state, more than 2 million people are enrolled in SESC, and the organization develops programs in areas such as health, culture, physical activities, assistance and nutrition. Through participating in Sport for Community, Mr. Leite aims to increase the number of youth involved in SESC programs, expand program offerings, learn best practices from the NGO sector in the United States and increase his leadership skills.

Amanda Busch Rigo Neves Bezerra, Instituto Passe de Mágica
São Paulo, Brazil
Mentor: Maria Frazier, Urban Dove
New York, NY

Ms. Amanda Bezerra is the Technical Supervisor at the Passe de Mágica Institute (IPM), a sport-for-development NGO that uses basketball. The organization currently works with approximately 720 children in three cities using a methodology that links motor, cognitive and social development. Ms. Bezerra also works as a Physical Educator at the Barrichello Kanaan Institute (IBK), which is a nonprofit NGO that provides physical activity for children and the elderly, in addition to computer classes for seniors. Through participating in Sport for Community, Ms. Bezerra aims to learn more about sport-for-development programs and projects in the United States, especially how they are evaluated and supported financially. She also hopes to be able to share her own knowledge and experience with her host organization.

Marcelo Bittencourt Neiva de Lima, Instituto Guga Kuerten
Florianópolis, Brazil
Mentor: Kenny Holdsman, Legacy Youth Tennis and Education
Philadelphia, PA

Mr. Marcelo de Lima is the Sports Coordinator at Instituto Guga Kuerten (IGK), an NGO with educational, philanthropic, sports and social goals. The institute’s mission is to promote and support development opportunities and social inclusion for all citizens, and increase solidarity within Brazilian society. Through participating in Sport for Community, Mr. de Lima aims to learn how sports-based youth development programs in the United States support vulnerable populations, exchange knowledge and experiences with his mentor, and establish a network with American colleagues.