Waid Ibrahim is a Ghanaian native who has spent the majority of his life as a soccer player. He is currently a motivational speaker, coach, and mentor to youth and young adults desiring to live an inspired life. Waid’s passion has always been soccer. At a very young age he was awarded a 5-year scholarship to Right to Dream academy in Ghana. In 2004 Waid was given a full scholarship to attend Dunn High School in Santa Barbara, California. While at Dunn School, during a routine check-up, doctors discovered a heart abnormality, one that required the implant of a defibrillator. This would have a profound effect and would change the course of Waid’s young life. Soccer, although still his passion, was replaced with the desire to help others fulfill their potential.
Waid currently resides in Santa Barbara. In 2012, he earned his Bachelors of Art degree in Communications and Exercise & Sports Studies - Sports Management, from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Waid Ibrahim is blessed with tremendous soccer skills. At age 11, he was selected to join Right to Dream Soccer Academy in Ghana. Blessed with exceptional speed, naturally two-footed, with an eye for goal, he quickly became a pivotal figure at the academy in Ghana. In 2004, he moved to Santa Barbara on a high school scholarship. Waid led his high school team to a California Interscholastic Federation Championship and was a two-time CIF Offensive Player of the Year. Selected as one of the top college recruits from his class, Waid played 3 seasons at UC Santa Barbara where his playing time was limited due to health issues. Waid’s ability to face and overcome a variety of adversities with a positive attitude during his time in sports has made him an inspiration to team members and peers.
Waid Ibrahim has transferred his passion, enthusiasm and love for soccer from the field to coaching and teaching the next generation of soccer players. Currently a youth developmental coach for the Santa Barbara Soccer Club, Waid has over seven years of coaching experience in local, regional and national day and residential camps held throughout the United States.