How it all started. . .
In 2013, Dr. David Seidenfeld noticed that many girls did not have the opportunity to play sports in rural Zambia. David spent time in Katete, Zambia during the Peace Corps and has returned throughout the years as a development researcher. He teamed up with Dr. Amber Peterman, a gender specialist who focuses on women's and girl's health to discuss how this gap could be filled. They realized that with very few resources, and with a little help, they could start their own league focusing on the adolescent girls and netball. For the first season, David and Amber recruited local Katete philanthropist, business owner, and sports lover, Mr. Yahya Collector. The league was run through a combination of own funding, in addition to donations from their friends and family.
In 2015, Netgirls Zambia affiliated with the e-learning and education NGO, Impact Network to expand and improve the league and in 2018 the league hired it's first full time director: Cynthia Kunda. Now the league is vibrant part of the community culture with players and community members all looking forward to games and the tournament each year.
David Seidenfeld, Co-Founder
David Seidenfeld, is vice president for international research at American Institutes for Research based in Washington DC and has over ten years of experience conducting research for government agencies, development organizations, and NGOs. David manages over 25 researchers, oversees a portfolio of more than 20 research projects. David also co-founded and supports the Impact Network, an NGO that brings eLearning and wrap around services to rural African schools.
Amber Peterman, Co-Founder
Amber is an international gender and development researcher and sports enthusiast. She is currently an Associate Research Professor at UNC and affiliated with UNICEF Innocenti where her research focuses on adolescent girls and women's health and economic empowerment. She enjoys swimming, yoga, cycling and climbing mountains and believes in the positive power of sports. Amber is from the San Juan Islands in Washington State in the US.