Magnus drowned in a residential swimming pool in 2015, leaving behind a wife, two children, his mother and father, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, god-children, co-workers and a community that adored him. His death might have been prevented if Magnus had known how to swim. With this in mind, the Foundation strives to provide a range of athletic activities, including adult swimming classes.
Born in Ghana and raised in Brooklyn, Magnus loved soccer. He co-founded the Young Rock Soccer Academy in 2001, a pre-cursor organization to the Mukoro Foundation, and coached various after-school and summer programs, in order to share his love of “the beautiful game”. Magnus also dedicated his life to public service, working as a paralegal at the Legal Aid Society, and was posthumously awarded The Orison S. Marden Award, in recognition of his outstanding service to the Society, and in honor of his legacy, the DNA Unit created,The Magnus Mukoro Award for Integrity in Forensic Science. In 2015, a plaque was unveiled at Brooklyn Tech Field to commemorate Magnus' enormous influence on his community.
Magnus had a smile that would brighten anyone’s day. It’s the goal of the Foundation that now bears his name to bring his spirit to the communities it serves.
The Magnus Mukoro Sports Foundation provides New York City children and adults with positive, diverse and secure athletic experiences that promote integrity, confidence, teamwork and self-motivation. Through its work, the Foundation nurtures prosocial values such as kindness, compassion, personal responsibility and respect for others.
The Foundation is named for the late coach, community activist, father and friend, Magnus Mukoro, whose love for soccer, for his community and for life itself continues to inspire the organization.
"Magnus dedicated his life to his community and helping others. His memory and legacy will live on and inspire generations to come.”
--NYC Public Advocate, Letitia James
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