Ben Dudley – Executive Director
Born and raised in Texas, though he has always felt like he belonged on the West Coast, Ben, his wife Jamie and their sons Nolan and Griffin now reside in Portland, Oregon. Ben joined AC Portland in April of 2011 as the Program Director before taking over as Executive Director in June of 2012. A graduate of Baylor University in 1999 with a Church Recreation and Leisure Services Degree, Ben is currently three years into a Masters of Arts and Global Leadership Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. After traveling to many different parts of the world, he quickly realized that if you know the sport of soccer, you can talk to anyone in the world. Ben has dedicated his life to serving people and believes that sport is a very powerful way to help make a difference. He considers himself a very lucky man to be married to his beautiful wife, who is his best friend and partner in life’s journey. He also is loving being a father and is proud that his boys already know how to kick a ball!
Jared Hoffman – Program Manager
Jared Hoffman grew up on the beautiful Oregon Coast in Lincoln City, Oregon. He enjoyed the stormy winters and spent his summers hiking, camping, and skateboarding. Soccer was always a passion, but wasn’t supported in his community. In high-school when Jared began playing club soccer in Salem, Oregon, he realized that a lot of his friends at the coast, from immigrant backgrounds, were as talented as or better than the players in Salem who could afford the expense of club-soccer. He devoted himself to learning the world language that is the beautiful game, and getting involved to help make the sport accessible to those communities who love it most. Jared graduated from Portland State in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology, a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences, and Minor in Business Administration.
Yesenia Delgado- Program Fellow
Yesenia Delgado grew up in the Rockwood community and attended Davis Elementary School, one of AC Portland’s program sites. She loved seeing her community come together and the main way that would happen would be through soccer. Toddlers were kicking before walking, people playing and the elders shared their wisdom of the sport. This is one of the reasons why soccer became a passion of hers; she saw the power it possessed in bringing people together. Her love for the sport transcends her ability when it comes to actually playing. Soccer and people those are her passions. She loves getting to know people and seeing what makes them a unique individual. It was these questions that lead her to Warner Pacific College on a full ride scholarship, where she got her degree in Human Development. Yesenia has won a position with the Portland Leadership Foundation and AC Portland for the 2014-2015 season to further develop her leadership skills while gaining actual work experience. She is now devoted to inspiring others to find happiness and follow their dreams, the same way she was inspired once.
Kenny Adams- Program Assistant/Raffle Coordinator
Kenny Adams was born in Louisville, Ky, but grew up in Havelock, North Carolina. He has always had a love for sports ranging from football, basketball, and a little bit of soccer, but basketball is by far his favorite sport which he has a great passion for. The game of basketball became a refuge for Kenny. It provided a safe place to go when it wasn’t always safe elsewhere. As he aged, he realized basketball wasn’t just a great game that provided a safe haven, but it was and is a great tool for youth all over the world to grow within the sport as well as learn life lessons that can be used in various areas in life.
Kenny received the opportunity to work with the University of Memphis men’s basketball team as a manager from 2009-2011, which he gives partial credit for changing his life and outlook on himself from his experience there. Kenny is currently finishing his bachelors degree in sports management at Warner Pacific College in Portland, OR and is on pace to graduate fall of 2016.