Gene and Norine Calvano are philanthropists who are very important to the Empower2Play family. Gene is a mentor to Coach AK Ikwuakor, helping his visions for this organization materialize. Norine, a retired German teacher, has spent equal time participating in the amelioration of less fortunate communities worldwide.
The Calvano’s have spent time traveling the world which instills in them first-hand knowledge of differing global cultures. Travelling through Europe, China, the Middle East, Africa, and South America, offered experiences Gene and Norine can use to advance philanthropic organizations. They have helped build a house in Nicaragua through Food For The Poor, and supplied medical and educational resources to struggling communities. “They are always so happy to receive even crayons or markers.” Whether the scale is large or small, the Calvano’s always seem willing to step in.
“Even before we traveled we felt a need to help others who are not as well off as we are.”
– Norine Calvano
Traveling was a tool that helped the Calvano’s see the problematic nature of poverty up close. However, they were always motivated to be a part of something bigger than themselves. They share a disposition to put their fortunate circumstances to good use.
In 2015, Gene Calvano collaborated with Coach AK from the genesis of Empower2Play through the mentoring organization Score (www.score.org). Empower2Play’s initial football camps in the Philippines offered an opportunity to see what the ambitions of Coach AK and his staff would actually become. The Calvano’s decided to become further involved in the organization by sponsoring one of their students in the scholarship program, Roseanne Estrada.
It cannot be overstated the importance of Gene and Norine Calvano to multiple communities and organizations around the world, including Empower2Play. Their extraordinary international experiences and philanthropic nature have made them important members of the charitable community.
Written By: Jeff Grimm