Liam Connolly

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Means and Ends: From the Beautiful Game to the Beautiful Life

19 August 2017 · · Uncategorized · 0 Comments

Ed Foster-Simeon, President and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation at a soccer-for-development conference in April remarked that the growth of soccer-based youth development that is reaching across America at the grassroots level is the game’s second wave around the country. The first wave, orchestrated at the top levels, was the popularization of the game.

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Rumbling and Roaring: My Role and a Lesson Relearned

1 July 2017 · · Football, kids · 0 Comments

  If you had three words in which to explain the purpose of your role, what would you say? Ludwig Wittgenstein, in Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, sets the lofty aim of (assuming I read this correctly, which is unlikely) redefining the logic of language in order to provide clarity on our ability to express thoughts to one.

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Life (Abroad)

13 March 2017 · · Uncategorized · 0 Comments

I’m staying for a second year. I made the decision about 3 weeks ago and the news was shared a few days thereafter, so it’s not quite as momentous as one might think. That said, it hasn’t completely sunk in or become apparent to me. Between the grind at work and family and friend visits.

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Storytelling

6 February 2017 · · CTC Ten Safe-Hub, Football, Khayelitsha, kids, Soccer, Uncategorized · 0 Comments

We’ve all got stories. We have short stories, long stories; stories about fun, folly, freaking out, failing, and finding our ways. It’s probably not too much of a generalization to say that for many of us, there are a select few we carry in our back pockets—they’re stories we’ve polished over many retellings, deliberately meandering.

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The Power of People

24 December 2016 · · AMANDLA, kids, Leaders, Staff · 0 Comments

The holidays are a fantastic time of year to be with those you love. In the American northeast, the region I call home, the warmth of family, leisure, and reconnecting with old friends always presented a nice respite from the increasingly cold and shortening days. It’s a time of thanks and reflection during which I.

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