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Liam Connolly

Liam Connolly

Liam is currently living and working in Cape Town, South Africa with AMANDLA EduFootball, a sports-for-development organization that focuses on providing youth from formal and informal townships with life-skills education and safe spaces to play through soccer. He is supported and funded by the CTC Ten Foundation for the duration of his fellowship, which ends in June 2018.

Originally from Quebec, Canada, Liam began to recognize the power sports have for social integration and personal growth upon moving to the United States at 13 years old. Through high school, club soccer, and college, Liam had the opportunity to play alongside teammates from North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. For Liam, soccer was, and continues to be, a common language that could bridge cultural differences.

After four years at Nazareth College of Rochester, where Liam captained the NCAA DIII Golden Flyers in his final two years, Liam was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to South Korea. Liam used the pretext of soccer as a way to connect with students outside the classroom and beyond the context of English language instruction. Liam taught English by day and coached soccer during the evenings, providing him with avenues through which to connect with a diverse range of students.

After a second year in South Korea, Liam returned to the US to continue his studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, with a thesis entitled “War Without Weapons: A History of International Politics in Sport and the Future of North Korea.” Through additional academic work on sport-based youth development and hands-on experience with Soccer Without Borders and the Center for the Study of Sport in Society, Liam has continued to hone his interests and skills in the sport-for-development world with long-term goals in developing more intentional life-skills and soccer integration in a manner that produces great athletes and great people.

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