New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Fort Greene City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo yesterday commemorated Young Rock Soccer Academy founder Magnus Mukoro, who passed away earlier this year, with a plaque at Brooklyn Technical Field.
The plaque was unveiled in partnership with the Department of Education at a ceremony attended by Mukoro’s family, the aforementioned elected officials, the Young Rock Soccer Academy, and community members.
“Magnus truly embodied the New York spirit. An immigrant who came to this City as a teenager, Magnus dedicated his life to his community and helping others,” said James. “With this commemoration, we are not only honoring Magnus at one of the places he loved so dearly, we are ensuring that his memory and legacy will live on and inspire generations to come.”
“Magnus was known for his genuine love of soccer – whether he was playing, coaching or merely watching a game,” said Sheridan J.B. Mukoro, widow of Magnus Mukoro. “His passion for the sport fueled his tireless commitment to inspiring young people and bringing the community together. I thank Public Advocate Letitia James for this commemoration of Magnus’ life and service.
“I join Public Advocate James, the New York City Department of Education, and the Young Rock Soccer Academy in honoring the memory of Magnus Mokoro,” said Adams. “We are a better city today because of his commitment to advancing youth sports and serving his community, and we will be a better city tomorrow because we are memorializing his contributions for future generations to appreciate.”
“Magnus Mukoro was a strong pillar within our community whose life demonstrated humility and servitude throughout his diligent work with our youth. The installation of a plaque at the Brooklyn Technical High School Field is a fitting tribute in honor of a leader, mentor, coach, and co-founder of the Young Rock Soccer Academy who impacted the lives of youth and young adults in the neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill through athletics and academics,” said Cumbo.
Magnus Mukoro was born in Ghana and raised in Nigeria. He moved to Brooklyn as a teenager, and graduated from Eastern District High School and City College. He worked as a paralegal for The Legal Aid Society for eight years before founding Young Rock Soccer Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching boys and girls social responsibility through soccer. At the end of July, Magnus passed away suddenly after a swimming accident.