Kyle’s Internship may have been cut short by Covid-19 but he certainly
made an impact…

My name is Kyle Gonzalez and I am a rising senior at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. I am majoring in sports management with a minor in communications. I came to London at the beginning of January to study abroad through the Syracuse London Program. I was fortunate enough to intern for the Rio Ferdinand Foundation in London during my time abroad.  Since starting my internship with RFF, I have had the privilege to attend our weekly football sessions in Peckham and Brixton where I got to play football with the Foundation’s young people. Being able to play with the Foundations young participants was an amazing experience for me as it made me truly appreciate the goal of the Foundation, which is to have young people reach their full potential. Also, during my time I was able to help run the social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I also ran the social media for our Manchester Celebration Event in Manchester which was a great experience as I learned even more about what the Foundation does and how it helps people in London and Manchester.  One of my last projects was promoting for the RFF charity match between Rio’s World IX and Dulwich Hamlet FC. I got to write the player bios for Rio’s team and helped promote for this unbelievable event. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, my time in London was cut short, however, being able to work for the Foundation was an honor for me and I wish I was able to stay with the team longer.  My biggest takeaway from working for the Rio Ferdinand Foundation was learning the importance of taking care of our youth. In an age dominated by social media, young kids are now in a difficult position. Making sure that everyone is aware of mental health and its benefits is a very important issue for me. I am glad to say that the Rio Ferdinand Foundation places mental health and the welfare of young people at its forefront, and being able to take part in that was an unforgettable experience for me. Thank you to the team at RFF and to the amazing people I got to work with!