Monrovia Liberia Sports
Coach Ellis Harris visited Liberia as part of the sports envoys supported by the U.S. Olympic Committee, the sport's governing body. The four-day sports diplomacy programme took place from 4 to 6 July in Monrovia, Liberia's capital and home of the Olympic Games.
Ambassadors of the two organizations were US athletes Ashlyn Harris and Ellis Harris, as well as representatives of the United States Olympic Committee (UOC) and the Liberian Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Internationally, she received support from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Women's Sport Rights in Africa, the International Olympic Council (IOC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and FIFA.
Liberian girls watched in awe as the Americans hosted their World Cup this summer and fought for equal pay. The girls of the Monrovia Academy had their own outlet after the World Cup with the help of the US Olympic Committee and the United Nations.
The US government appreciates the critical role that girls and women play in developing countries and supports the promotion of girls "education in Liberia. Sports officials are contributing to the United States' continued work to empower women and ensure that all girls have equal access to education. Other organisations have been set up to improve the lives of children in Liberia and to highlight the positive impact of sport on the lives of the country's young people. They help mobilise local Liberian communities by standing on the sidelines every week at the team's matches with supporters.
Coach Ellis said: "I'm thrilled that Ashlyn and I have the opportunity to visit Liberia and support the Monrovia Football Academy. Rogers founded the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation in 2010 and has since used various sports to make a difference in Liberia. In addition to establishing two schools and a third in Africa, Smith and other organizations are asking how they can help professional athletes create a global movement for ethical leadership. African athletes, from speaking out against racism to using social media as a tool for positive change.
The Society for the Conservation of Nature in Liberia (SCNL), based in Monrovia, is dedicated to the protection of Liberia's rainforests in the north-west and south-east of the country. Young farmers in Liberia, who were born and raised in rural areas of Liberia and have little or no access to clean water, are also called upon to make a commitment - and thus to thank Liberians for their contribution to nature conservation.
The aim is to create an environment where football "gets out of hand" for Liberia's young people, as Smith put it. The academy was founded in 2014 with the support of the US Soccer Federation (USSF) and the US Soccer Development Academy.
He scored a goal again in 2014 and became one of the most successful players in the history of his country's national team. Romario was sworn in at the podium of Brazil's federal senate to defend the sport, but the corruption that poisoned the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) kept the result intact. The American touch has been missing in Liberia since he was appointed director of the state-run Institute of Sport in July 2020.
Liberia's national team competes internationally in African football leagues, and the country also has a national basketball team. At college level, the University of Liberia competes against Cuttington University College in the capital in a variety of sports. LEAD Africa was founded in Liberia in 2015 and while the first two academies focused on football, LE lead is aiming for a diverse range of sports in its future locations.
Named after its first president, James Madison, Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, welcomed the first freed slave to the United States, Thomas Jefferson, in 1820.
In 1998, the Liberia Electricity Corporation switched on the first traffic lights in the city. In 1995, Taylor's forces stormed Monrovia, despite the presence of an international peacekeeping force, based throughout the country as the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and eventually took control of about 90 percent of the nation. For six months, they laid siege to the capital, Monrosvia, and then to all the major cities of Liberia.
The team was runner-up at the World Cup in Sierra Leone, where five nations competed for the title alongside Liberia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast and Liberia.
He moved to the United States in 1994 to reunite with Esther, and eventually decided to take up a scholarship to Essex County College instead of a football career. When he came to Ivory Coast, he found himself in the Cameroon football team, where he played for more than a season. A friend contacted a Lebanese businessman who regularly drove goods out of the country and agreed to return James and two other athletes to Ivory Coast. Although James eventually made it to the Liberian junior national team and was unable to play with his older brother, who was playing at the World Cup in Sierra Leone when the violence broke out, James played football in Liberia.