Many former Liberian sportsmen and women are expected to assemble at the 3rd athletes’ reunion from June 17-19 in Minnesota in the United States.
According to the program of activities released by the organizers, chaired by former Invincible Eleven defender Ahmadu Sarnor, some of the former players are expected to come from Europe and Africa to join the majority in the United States.
The former athletes will gather for the first of the meetings on June 17 at the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM) Center, 7001 78th Avenue in North Brooklyn Park.
The next day, Saturday, June 18th, there will be a general assembly and business meeting at 9:00 a.m at the Prairie Seeds Academy, on 6200 W Broadway Avenue in Brooklyn Park.
On the same day at 12:15 p.m. there will be an all day sports festival, including outdoor and indoor games.
The attendees from the East (of the United States) will go against their counterparts from the West (of the United States) in both basketball and soccer.
At 8 p.m. on the same Saturday, the group will participate in a dinner ball – honoring ceremony where individuals will receive certificates to recognize their sacrifices as former athletes. This program will be held at Golden Valley Hall at 800 Boone Avenue North.
On Sunday, June 19, the large gathering will enjoy a farewell cookout or BBQ with Liberian dishes at Locke County Park at 2 p.m.
The organizers said encouraging former players to meet is one way of expressing Liberians’ appreciation for what they did when they were young to entertain the country.
Former Lone Star and Invincible Eleven striker Albert Nah, along with teammates Benedict Wesseh (Mama Musa) and a host of others will be present at the reunion.
At each of two previous reunions, athletes received certificates of appreciation, thanking them for sharing their love with Liberia.
Those who have been honored in the past included Josiah N. Johnson, former national team coach/player and also coach of Mighty Barrolle, photojournalist Mozart M. Dennis (MOD), and former Central Monrovia LFA Sub-committee chairman Assa Mady Kabba, among others.
Former Invincible Eleven’s George Harris is cochairman of the Liberia Athletes Reunion responsible for the gathering, Isaac Tukpah Jr is secretary and Francis Mayango Jallah, formerly of St. Joseph’s Warriors, is financial secretary.