Meet our Coaches Heading to Cameroon, Zimbabwe and India

Meet Kevin Harrington

Favorite soccer team: Arsenal
Favorite player: Lionel Messi
Favorite movie: Wedding Crashers
Favorite food: Hamburger
Who will win Euro 2012? Spain
Funniest moment on the soccer field: In a co-ed league in 3rd grade, I was pushed off the ball by a girl on the other team and landed face-first in a pile of mud. I had to be pulled out of the game because I was so embarrassed that I refused to play anymore.
What you are most looking forward to with your volunteering? I am really looking forward to learning about the culture and everyday lives of the people of Africa and to impacting their lives in such a positive manner.

Interesting fact(s) about you: I speak some Portuguese.

Anything else you want us to put out in the blogosphere?  (i.e. quote/hopes/dreams/favorite color/astrology sign?) My favorite quote is “Every problem is an opportunity”. I first heard it from my grandfather years ago and my dad has repeated it to me hundreds of times over the years.

I hope to some day develop my own start-up.

Kevin will first be working in Cameroon with the African Volunteer Football Academy for the Less Privileged (AVFAL), United Action for Children (UAC) and then in Zimbabwe with Sport 4 Socialization and Bulldogs Sport Development.

Meet Vas Giahos

Favorite soccer team: Barcelona

Favorite player: Ronaldinho (back in the day)

Favorite movie: The Sandlot (although Wedding Crashers is a close 2nd)

Favorite food: Pilafi (Greek rice)

Euro 2012: Greece!! (2004??)

My funniest moment on the soccer field was in a club game in high school when I was playing with a yellow card and blatantly fouled a kid. The ref subsequently went for his pocket and I simply saved him the time but walking off the field and toward the bench. The realm of play continued for a couple of minutes until my coach realized I wasn’t on the field and started screaming at me to get out there…apparently the ref didn’t actually give me a second yellow.

As far as this trip is concerned, I am looking forward to seeing a different perspective on the world and life in general. I am really hoping to make some sort of impact on the lives of some of the individuals that I interact with, and of course I am looking to have a great time along the way.

Interesting fact: I used to Greek dance competitively.

Vas will be working in Cameroon with the African Volunteer Football Academy for the Less Privileged (AVFAL) United Action for Children (UAC) and in Zimbabwe with Sport 4 Socialization.

Meet Jaren LaGreca
Favorite soccer team: Manchester United
Favorite player: Dani Alves
Favorite movie: Fight Club
Favorite food: Grandma LaGreca’s spaghetti
Who will win Euro 2012? Not England
Funniest moment on the soccer field:  Scary soccer with fellow Coaches Across Continents volunteer Marisa Brown at Demonstration Elementary School in Monrovia, Liberia.
What you are most looking forward to with your volunteering? Watching the faces of kids light up when we show up to play soccer with them.

Interesting fact(s) about you: I volunteered with Coaches Across Continents last year in Zambia, Ghana, and Liberia.

Jaren will be working in India with Slum Soccer.

Meet Christina Hagner
Favorite soccer team: Well obviously Harvard Women’s Soccer…but Chelsea is pretty sweet too

Favorite player: Fernando Torres
Favorite movie: Tough call between Finding Nemo, Love Actually, and Gladiator
Favorite food: Chocolate
Who will win Euro 2012? SPAIN
Funniest moment on the soccer field: my nickname on the Harvard team was “hags” (a spinoff from my last name).  Let’s just say some confusion was created whenever that last letter got left off…
What you are most looking forward to with your volunteering? Seeing the impact I make; the smiles; getting to know the local community

Interesting fact(s) about you: I can wiggle my ears

Favorite quote #1: “Stay foolish…stay hungry” – Steve Jobs

Favorite quote #2: “Shake and bake!” – Ricky Bobby

Christina will be working in Cameroon with the African Volunteer Football Academy for the Less Privileged (AVFAL).

Meet: Gina Wideroff

Favorite player: Sophia Legros
Favorite tv show: Seinfeld
Favorite food: Fresh out of the oven homemade chocolate chip cookies
Who will win Euro 2012? Italy
Funniest moment on the soccer field: Too many to recount, but here are a couple: We were playing BC, of course at BC, and Biz got stuck in a hard tackle, and although she was still on the ground, she  blocked the next shot with her neck. It was a bit concerning at the time, but in retrospect we get a good laugh about it because Lizzy never failed to live up to her name, Bizness. Another moment came at a captain’s toss; a less personable ref went in for the pound rather than the handshake to introduce himself, so my reaction was to turn his pound into a snail. I guess that could check the embarrassing moment question.
What you are most looking forward to with your volunteering? All of the inherent experiences follow a Caucasian girl with a soccer ball at her foot in a foreign country. And trying to keep my GI tract in one piece.

Interesting fact(s) about you: The most productive part of my day occurs when I’m sleepwalking.

Anything else you want us to put out in the blogosphere?  (i.e. quote/hopes/dreams/favorite color/astrology sign?) The Miami Heat will be 2012 NBA champions

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