The most popular sport on earth provides pleasure and entertainment for millions of fans across the continents, but that unmatched reach also gives football huge capacity for transformation.
No-one knows more about that power than the game’s leader – FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. At the governing body’s helm since 1998 and involved in the organization for nearly 40 years, Mr. Blatter has travelled the world meeting global leaders, witnessing football’s impact firsthand.
Attendees at next week’s CONCACAF Sports Summit -- Transformation Through Partnership -- will hear Mr. Blatter speak about that substantial influence and how it can best be applied.
In a separate session, the Honorable Randolph Horton, JP, MP, a former New York Cosmos star and now Speaker of the House of Assembly of Bermuda, will discuss his views on “Football as an Influential Agent for Positive Change”.
Of course, the game is one that brings great benefits to those individuals who develop the skills to play professionally. In the “Football Changed My Life” segment of the summit, guests will hear stories from former players about how the game changed their lives and what lessons the game’s stakeholders can learn from those experiences.
Those scheduled to speak include:
Dwight Yorke – One of the greatest footballers to emerge from CONCACAF, Yorke is best known for his play with Trinidad & Tobago and Manchester United. He won three Premier League titles and a Champions League crown, and appeared in the 2006 World Cup finals.
Bernard Lama – The former French international, began his career with youth teams in French Guyana. At 18-years-old, he joined Lille in France and went on to play for Paris St. Germain. Lama also helped lead France to the semifinals of Euro ’96.
Cobi Jones – A star with the United States and LA Galaxy, Jones earned an American record 164 caps during a sterling career. He appeared in three straight World Cups (1994 – 2002) and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2011.