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Meet The 2020 Intern Class From Harlem Lacrosse

We are humbled to announce that two alums from Harlem Lacrosse will be joining humble ventures as summer interns.

Actively seeking diverse interns is nothing new for us. We have a group of interns from the University of Maryland working with us right now — all of which are minorities, both male and female. But this group of interns holds a special place in my heart because of my connection to lacrosse. (more on my background here)

Harlem Lacrosse’s mission is to empower the children who are most at risk for academic decline and dropout to rise above their challenges and reach their full potential. Lacrosse is at the heart of Harlem Lacrosse’s “college-going culture” and a holistic approach to developing the social-emotional skill sets of the children they serve.

The interns will be working on a stealth project, publicly launching later this year, aligned against benchmarks and requiring several deliverables. Meet the 2020 intern class from Harlem Lacrosse:

Souleymane Ballo has a keen interest in marketing and enjoyed sociology class last semester as a freshman at Hobart, where he plays Division 1 lacrosse. He realized he had a knack for marketing when he created video highlights to help his high school teams get recruited to college. Souley’s been referred by one of his coaches as being “an absolute stud.”

Elijah Vega has a broad range of academic interests; he is particularly passionate about economics, as well as sustainable and ethical business. Eli plays midfield for Haverford College. One coach described Eli as “the standard by which others are measured.”

Harlem Lacrosse now serves over 1000 students nationwide across nineteen programs in five cities and, since 2011, has earned over $40 million scholarship offers to independent schools and colleges.

“We’re so excited that Elijah and Souleymane will be interning with humble ventures this Summer. We see our mission and values at Harlem Lacrosse as aligned with humble; we’re both relentlessly trying to provide opportunities and a platform to underserved student-athletes and communities of color. We’re excited for Elijah and Souleymane to learn from Harry and the wonderful team there at humble and to continue their trajectory as change-makers in our Harlem Lacrosse community and beyond.” — Chief Program Officer, Joel Censer

We look forward to sharing our insights as well as learning different perspectives from Souley and Eli. However, this inaugural class is just a starting point. We, humble ventures, want our relationship with Harlem Lacrosse to be a resource for student-athletes who are eager to learn more about investing, technology, culture, and everything in-between for years to come.

Stay humble.

Humble Ventures is a venture development firm that drives innovation forward in partnership with startups, established enterprises, and investors.

We focus on diverse entrepreneurs that are solving problems for the fastest growing demographic segments. We believe that diverse entrepreneurs provide opportunities for disproportionate returns and represent the markets of the future.

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Harry Alford

Harry Alford

Institutional Sales, Coinbase Cloud