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Give and go

Give and go

Steve Adams has a 3-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son, who “watch everything that I do.” A former collegiate soccer player who trained on the Olympic development team, Adams earned an ASU MBA in 2005 and now develops real estate for Adams Craig Acquisitions. Combining his two talents soccer and finance  allowed him to teach his children a valuable life lesson. “I want to show my kids that individuals can make a difference if they use their gifts in life to help others who are less fortunate,” Adams says. After he sprained an ankle playing in a recreational league tournament, he used the downtime to volunteer-coach for North Phoenix Christian Soccer Club and ultimately form Valley-based God Loves Soccer FC, a program for refugee children whose families can’t afford club soccer. The organization’s mission is to teach responsibility and perse - verance through sports and faith. Adams and his wife, Cynthia, who also earned an ASU MBA, realized they wanted to continue helping refugee children. The family estab - lished a scholarship in the W. P. Carey School of Business that gives first preference to an undergraduate of refugee status, with second preference to a first-generation student. “Phoenix is one of the largest refugee outlets in the United States, and we can’t think of a better way to support ASU, Phoenix and our nation than giving children and families from war-torn countries the gift of the American dream through education,” Adams says.

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