Refugee Fund Launches in Honor of Racing Star Nadim’s Late Mother

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May 16, 2023 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Racing Louisville FC News Release

Soccer Holdings, LLC – parent company of Racing Louisville FC – pledged support Tuesday toward the newly launched Hamida Nadim Memorial Fund, which honors the late mother of Racing forward Nadia Nadim.

When the Taliban executed her husband, Hamida Nadim and her children fled Afghanistan, eventually settling at a refugee camp in Denmark. There, Nadia Nadim discovered soccer, marking the beginning of what would become a stellar professional and star-studded international career.

Following Hamida Nadim’s death last November in a tragic traffic accident, this memorial fund will aid refugee families led by single mothers as they newly settle in Louisville.

“My mom really cared about people, and all my life she was always working to help others,” Nadia Nadim said. “She raised five kids alone and did it with grace. Empathy and compassion are qualities she instilled in me, along with being a strong woman – a fighter.

“This fund in honor of her is a great, great thing, and I love that we’re going to help families similar to mine right here in Louisville. When you’re struggling, in that moment a little bit can go a long way. This fund is a beautiful way to honor my mom’s memory.”

Soccer Holdings and former Louisville mayor Greg Fischer will seed the fund with $5,000 apiece directed to Kentucky Refugee Ministries for distribution to its client families. Gifts from the Hamida Nadim Memorial Fund will also include access for families/kids to Louisville professional soccer’s camps, equipment, youth academy and game tickets.

Members of the public can add to the fund with a tax-deductible donation to the LouCity & Racing Foundation, Soccer Holdings’ 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Visit this link to contribute via PayPal, selecting the Hamida Nadim Memorial Fund as your preference. Please direct any questions to Jeremy Jarvi, executive director of the foundation, at jjarvi@loucity.com.

“At Soccer Holdings, we’re family, and family always has each others’ backs,” said club chairman John Neace. “This is but one small way we can help Nadia – a great player, but also a person we’re proud to have within our organization – honor her mother’s legacy.”

Nadia Nadim, who represents Denmark internationally, played for world-famous clubs such as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain before signing with Racing Louisville during its inaugural season in 2021. She plans to continue work as a doctor,…

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