Volunteering & Giving
October 31, 2014

Volunteer honoree inspires kids through soccer

The winner of a Major League Soccer volunteer award uses his winnings to support an organization that inspires kids in Canada to triumph over adversity.

“I wish I had the skill set or there was a Hope and Health avenue earlier in my life ‘cause … I feel like I wasted many years of my life …”

That’s what Bill Yoachim of Nanaimo, British Columbia says. After recovering from a childhood trauma, Bill was inspired to co-found “Hope and Health” a soccer-based organization that encourages and inspires kids to overcome adversity, in partnership with Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

“Hope and Health” won the grand prize in the MLS WORKS Community MVP Contest presented by Wells Fargo. Major League Soccer sought nominees from all 19 North American markets that have professional soccer teams. Wells Fargo sponsored the program as part of its ongoing work with the league.

Bill works with indigenous Canadian children known as First Nations. He saw how many in the community struggled, and he co-created “Hope and Health” to provide support and inspiration for these kids to live healthier, more active lives.