Introducing Coach Christian to our S. Africa, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia programs.

Original Post: 9/19/2009

We are delighted to introduce our partners in Africa to Coach Christian who will be working in S. Africa, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia from June 12th until December 9th.

Playing/Coaching History: Christian Aviza grew up playing soccer in Framingham, Massachusetts with his six siblings.  From an early age, he played on Olympic Development Program teams and played in international tournaments in such countries as Canada, Denmark (Dana Cup) and England (playing against various Premier League youth sides with extended training with Luton’ Towns junior team).  Christian began coaching at the age of 14 when he coached a Framingham United U-12 side.  Christian continued playing and after capturing Massachusetts state titles for his High School and town teams, he attended Georgetown University and played 4 years of Div. 1 soccer gaining NSCAA/adidas Scholar Athlete Regional All-America recognition in 1993.  While obtaining a graduate degree at Boston College, Christian played for numerous Boston-area soccer teams including various teams in the semi-pro LASA league.  Currently, he enjoys recreational soccer and assists with coaching the Framingham Red Raiders and PLAY SOCCER camps.

Christian 002Hometown: Watertown, Massachusetts

Favorite Soccer Team: Juventus

Favorite MLS Team: New England Revolution

Favorite Soccer Player: Michael Ballack

Favorite US player: Benny Feilhaber/Clint Dempsey

Favorite Movie: Usual Suspects

Favorite Musical Artist: The Avett Brothers

Best Soccer Memory: Winning match in Bahia Blanca, Argentina

Idol: Parents — for limitless love and care

Goals for Africa: Bring a positive attitude, tinged with humor, to the application of Coaches across Continents curriculum while selfishly gaining a rich and culturally diverse experience.  And, see lots of smiles, just not on a lion.

For more information, please visit Christian’s site at: http://www.firstgiving.com/christianaviza

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