Chief Executive Director, GOALS
Lorik is the Chief Executive Director of Girls of Armenia Leadership Soccer (GOALS) NGO, which is the only sporting organisation for social impact in Armenia. GOALS supports and empowers youth to become leaders through the creation of safe spaces to play soccer, speak their minds, and challenge social norms. Their goal is to empower girls through soccer and thus create leaders, build confidence, and create a network of like-minded individuals that will aid them in all aspects of life. Through their soccer leagues, after-school clubs and summer camps, they aim to challenge and break down existing barriers to girls playing soccer, while also creating safe spaces for youth to discuss social issues affecting their lives. Using sport for social impact, they hope to create a new generation of empathetic Armenians. Currently, they have five leagues and over 400 female soccer players aged 12-17 throughout the country.