What does it take to surrender your entire life & all your dreams at the holy feet of God? Robert Katende, the missionary whose selfless work inspired a new Disney film, shares his heart for mentoring and the story behind 'Queen of Katwe' movie.
is a life coach using sports (chess) as a platform. He serves as general secretary for the FIDE Social Action Commission, a commission of an international organization for chess dedicated to using chess as a tool for social improvement, and is director of Sports Outreach in Uganda, a division of the U.S.-based ministerial program Sports Outreach Institute. Katende was born in Uganda and became a refugee during Uganda’s civil war. He never knew his father and lost his mother at an early age. His skill as a soccer player, along with a dedication to improving himself through education, brought him an opportunity to earn a university degree in civil engineering. He married his college sweetheart, Sarah, and they had their first child while he was searching for a job that could both support his family and fulfill him personally. In the interim, he worked as a soccer coach at a local church organization in the slums of Katwe. He found that some of the children were reluctant to play soccer for fear of getting hurt because there was no money to pay medical bills. For these children, he created a chess program at Agape Church. This program became his passion and his profession. He called the first chess group his “Pioneers” and they blazed a trail of championships across Africa. His outstanding work earned him a position on the Uganda Chess Federation executive as director of development.
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