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San Diego

2013 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

San Diego
Ahmed Idlle

Director Comey and Ahmed Idlle

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The San Diego Division honors Ahmed Idlle, a Somali community leader and founder of San Diego Youth Athletics (SDYA), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the area’s young people through education and sports.

Through the SDYA, Mr. Idlle regularly organizes sports teams for Somali youth and teaches participants to work as a team, be respectful of others, and to sort through problems in a non-violent manner. The organization’s goal is to provide an affordable venue that fosters interaction between adult mentors and neighborhood youth.

Mr. Idlle is also an active participant in the law enforcement/Somali roundtable, which works to advance cooperation and between law enforcement and the Somali community. The roundtable is a collaborative effort between the Somali community, the FBI San Diego Division, various local police departments, and the U.S. Attorney’s office. At a recent Somali Youth and Athletics Fair hosted by the FBI, Mr. Idlle independently organized a basketball tournament, advertised the event, organized competitive teams, and presented awards.


FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
Director’s Community Leadership Awards

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 4, 2014, Director James B. Comey recognized the recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves in remarkable ways through their hard work, their leadership, and their strength of character,” said Director Comey. “They are ordinary citizens, but what they have accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award are:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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