Liberia’s US-based athlete, Bill Rogers says he is hopeful of tremendous youth development under the administration of President George Weah.
According to Rogers, President Weah as a sports icon and a leader will create an avenue for more opportunities for Liberian youth. He said Weah has the ability to do more for the country as he did in the past as a footballer.
Rogers made the statement yesterday upon his arrival at the Roberts International Airport from the United States.
“Weah has set a record as a sports icon to ascend to such a position and the world is now watching him,” he said. “Through sports lots of young people can be empowered and able to sustain themselves.”
While in the country, the national 1500m record holder will meet with President Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor to discuss the advancement of opportunities for the youth.
Rogers, also executive director of the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation, commended Liberian youth for their commitment to the maintenance of peace during the country’s democratic transition period.
Founded in 2010, the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation (BRYF) is involved in the discovery and development of young talented African athletes to positively impact the world.
“As you know we are in the business of helping young people and families develop a pathway from poverty to opportunity, with athletic achievement and development as the backdrop. We do this primarily through our after-school enrichment opportunities for our youth to grow socially, academically, and athletically,” Rogers said.
The BRYF also provides clothing, food, medical care, and water for the youth through its partnerships.
Rogers competed in the 1500 meters dash in the IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics in Debrecen, Hungary in July 2001 and currently holds the Liberian national record for that distance.
He ran a 4:01.56 to set the Liberian record in Cotonou, Benin on June 27, 2004.
In the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, he was slated to run the 800 meters but boycotted the games due to what he described as an “unfair treatment” by the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), which was then headed by Clemenceau Urey.