Kei Kamara shared on Instagram earlier today that he's been honored with a mural in his home country of Sierra Leone. The mural depicts former players Junior Parade, Junior Tumbu and Mohamed Kallon and resides at the Siaka Stevens Stadium, the national stadium in the country's capital, of Freetown.
The 35-year-old striker came to the United States when he was 14 years old as a refugee to escape the civil war. He's represented Sierra Leone 29 times and scored five goals.
Kamara is also an influential member in the community through his Heart Shaped Hands Foundation which provides scholarships to students who demonstrate a willingness to continue their education and a commitment to success. Additional scholarships are also given to individual schools for teaching supplies, sporting equipment and necessary safety repairs to create a better learning environment for its students. In September, Kamara hosted an equipment drive to collect new or gently used sporting equipment to send to the students in Sierra Leone.
Going to be truly honest on this one...when I was going up in Sierra Leone I just wanted to play ⚽️ with my friends didn’t even think about playing for the National team. I just heard these names; Junior Parade, Junior Tumbu , Mohamed Kallon (@mohamed_kallon3) ...and knew they were doing great things for Sierra Leone football. To play on the team with Kallon I thought how is this cool things happening to me...now to be added next to them on the wall at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown...am not gonna lia it wasn’t never my dream because I didn’t think it was possible, but man I will charish this for as long as it’s up there and beyond. Can’t wait to take my kids to see it. Thank you #MamaSalone I love you.