Nara grew up in a poverty-ridden Phnom Penh slum, where drugs, crime and domestic abuse were prevalent. As a child, he scavenged for recyclables at night and played football during the day, laying the groundwork to become a championship-winning football player, coach, mentor, and founder of his own non-profit organization using sport for social good.
At age 16, Nara had little education but his passion and the support of two NGOs, including Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF), changed his life. Now, Nara’s life mission is to “pay it back” and bring sports opportunities and social change to poor rural children. His non-profit, Play To Progress has visited 10 provinces, where Nara’s passion, empathy, creativity and life story have inspired hundreds.