Officially launched in July 2014 as an initiative of the Stoller Foundation, ANSA held its first community event in September of that same year and began offering its developmental soccer program (a free, in-house league which features a Biblically-based, life-coaching curriculum) at two sites in Houston-one in the Sharpstown/China town area and one in the Spring Branch area. Within three months, 408 youth were registered with ANSA.
On January 20 th, 2015, ANSA officially received its 501(c)3 status from the U.S. government. Later that spring, ANSA added two more sites in the Alief school district, and by June 2015, 587 youth were registered with 129 volunteers participating.
In March 2018, ANSA began its recreational program, the Cubs and Cubbies, focusing on children ages 4-10 years old.
Currently, ANSA has seven developmental program sites, two competitive program sites, and two recreational program sites, which regularly serve over 400 children and youth on a weekly basis. On a monthly basis, ANSA hosts Discovery Events to provide a fun, safe environment for all family members to participate in and to learn more about Biblical values.
As programs and services have expanded, the heart of ANSA is still very much the same as our beginnings; we do what we do out of a passion to meet people where they are at and share with them the Hope we have that reaches far beyond the field.