Alex Kehm

Daily Point of Light # 3612 Dec 7, 2007

Alex Kehm has a special community service activity. He created the Fenton Passback, an organization committed to providing underprivileged children locally and world-wide with soccer equipment.

Alex partnered with the U. S. Soccer Foundation Passback program in an effort to solicit donations in the St. Louis area. He came up the idea of founding Fenton Passback while watching the Fox Soccer channel one night and saw an advertisement for the grassroots organization of the U.S. Soccer Foundation Passback.

The Passback program is one of the cornerstones of the U. S. Soccer Foundation. Alex knew that he had used cleats, uniforms, and balls just sitting in his closet. He felt this would be a great way to help others.

He knew it would be a great idea to "recycle" his items instead of throwing them away. Then he took it a step further because he donated them to individuals who really need them. Alex then contacted the Passback organization and discovered there was not any local chapter established in the Fenton area. This motivated him to found the Fenton Passback.

The Passback program is joint effort between the U. S. Soccer Foundation, Eurosport and Major League Soccer to help meet the soccer uniform and equipment needs of all communities, regardless of income, gender, or location. The Fenton Passback chapter collected enough soccer gear to impact many kids locally and world-wide. They collected over 200 pieces of soccer gear.

By founding the Fenton Passback it provided a unique opportunity for Alex and others to reach out to their community. Alex was able to get others involved in the effort to help underprivileged kids by collecting new and gently used soccer equipment, and distributing gear to kids who may otherwise be unable to play the wonderful sport.

Some of the individuals he was able to get involved were Principals, teachers, friends, soccer coaches, parents, siblings, viola instructor, community leaders, local business and the newspapers. He began working on the program in 2007 and does not receive any money for founding the program.