The Liberian Athletes Reunion announces activities marking its 2nd annual reunion scheduled in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA from June 19-21.
The three-day event will feature a meet & greet program, general assembly, sport activities, award ceremony and a goodbye cocktail. The Theme of the 2015 reunion is “Fostering unity among Liberian Athletes.” Former Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Hon. Joyce Newman, will serve as this year’s guest speakers.
The annual reunion is designed to offer Liberian athletes, sport promoters, sport administrators, entertainers, and enthusiasts the chance to come together, reminisce the past, foster peace and unity, create new friendships and celebrate the many experiences of representing the motherland (Liberia). In addition, the reunion will honor Liberians who have contributed immensely to the development and promotion of various sporting disciplines in Liberia.
The reunion’s general assembly intends to bring like-minded people together to formulate a strategic concept document that will serve as a basis for the development and promotion of various sport disciplines in Liberia.
“We are thrilled to bring this exciting event to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-Saint Paul as we celebrate the camaraderie and enduring legacies of our former, current and future athletes,” said veteran Liberian journalist Al-Jerome Anasta Chede. “The reunion will provide a great opportunity to share sportsmanship as we look forward to reenergizing the game in Liberia thereby maintaining a fraternity of love.”
“Minnesota is excited to be the host of this year reunion,” said George Harris, local 2015 planning committee chair and one time Invisible Eleventh striker. “All is now set to welcome an array of sportsmen and women from across the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia to the city of 10,000 lakes.”
“Minnesota is famous for its ability to host special gatherings, and we are thrilled to welcome this group of extraordinary people to our iconic city,” said Stephen Wreh-Wilson. “This year reunion will be a golden opportunity to treat these past and present athletes to a world-class hospitality and entertainment in Minnesota.”
“The last reunion in Philadelphia in 2014 was great, but Minnesota should be even more fun,” said Ahmadu Sarnor, national chairperson of the Athletes Reunion. “We want to make sure that all athletes, irrespective of the sport they played or are playing, know about the annual reunion and encourage them to join the festivities.”
At the 2014 reunion program held in Philadelphia, Liberian Ambassador to the United States, Jeremiah Sulunteh, along with former Liberia national team football player Benedict Wisseh, aka Mama Musa and basketball players Eric Daniels, presented distinguished awards to 34 sporting personalities from Liberia.
Those honored in football included Garretson Sackor, Borbor Gaye, Dr. Charles (Babe Ray) Wolful, Jadeh Williams, Tarpeh Roberts, Josiah N. Johnson, and Philip Robertson. In the male basketball sector Nathaniel Seto, William Bill Flowers, Leon Clark, Tarr Harris, and Charles Wordsworth were also honored.
In the female basketball sector Andrea Kiahon-Knowlden, Linda Collins, Dawn Tolbert, Gbour Wilson, Alice Holder Anderson, Dr. Ophelia Weeks, and Florence Kamara received their awards.
In the table tennis category, Mr. Joseph Sherman, Charles Collins, K. N. A. Best, and George Dunbar received their honors. In sponsor/team president category, the late Sam Burnette, Thelma George, Asa Made Kaba, and Johnathan Mason were awarded while in track & field, Mr. Joseph Narmah, Dr. George Johnson, and Mr. Edward Kai received honors.
In the last category, the following personalities received honors in sports media and broadcasting: Mozart Dennis, Jerry Wion, J. Garsuah Yamento, and the late Herbert Grisby.