West Bank Athletic Club (WBAC) is a youth development organization founded in 2008 by Ahmed Ismail. WBAC serves East African youth and young adults ages 5-24 from the Cedar Riverside (or West Bank) neighborhood and across the Twin Cities with year-round programming that supports leadership development, teamwork, discipline, responsibility, and respect for others, primarily through soccer.WBAC is comprised of four soccer teams and hosts nine annual tournaments, serving a total of 1,000 young players annually. In Summer 2018, the Club officially expanded to include girls.
WBAC has provided a platform for young Somalis to find community and build relationships: WBAC teams play and socialize with other soccer teams throughout the Greater Twin Cities Metro Area who come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. WBAC encourages and supports the development of 21st century skills using soccer as the framework. Through practicing and playing soccer, helping to administer tournaments, and participating in team service learning projects, WBAC youth learn skills in collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.
During his time as Executive Director of WBAC, Coach has managed nearly 100 tournaments.He has built strong trust among youth and families in the community and is supported by a five-member Board of Directors that includes Nick Rogers, former President of the MN United Football Club and Greg Holker, Augsburg University Men's Soccer Coach and Athletic Facilities Assistant Manager