Ropapa Mensah visits Nashville International Center for Empowerment on World Refugee Day

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Ropapa Mensah signing an autograph for one of the children

Ghana and Nashville SC forward Ropapa Mensah on Wednesday visited the Nashville International Center for Empowerment as part of activities to mark this year’s World Refugee Day.

The Ghanaian played three-on-three soccer with the youngsters at the camp, many of who are refugees.

Ropapa, an immigrant in the United States, joined the USL Championship when he was 18-years-old ahead of the league’s 2017 season.

“I visited the Nashville International Center for Empowerment for World Refugee Day on June 20, playing 3v3 with the youngsters who play soccer regularly as part of their activities through the local organisation. Always a pleasure to put smiles on faces,” he tweeted.

Ropapa Mensah playing football with some of the children during the visit

Mensah was joined at the event by Nashville Mayor David Briley, who noted that the presence of the Nashville SC star would impact positively on the lives of the children.

Mensah, 21, has been phenomenal for the club since he joined them in 2018. His 15th career goal provided one of the highlights on Saturday after a thrilling 3-3 draw against Ottawa Fury, played out before a crowd of almost 7,000.

He became Nashville’s first-ever goalscorer when he struck against Atlanta United FC of MLS in Nashville’s opening friendly at First Tennessee Park last year.