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Doc Lawson

Doc Lawson

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Honored Olympic athlete and youth sports consultant who designs sports infrastructures for youth; charismatic visionary focused on inclusion; well-networked with successful entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate leaders; strongly committed to the educational and athletic development of kids. Reputation for excellence. International orientation—dedication to global social change through youth sports. Born in the Republic Of Liberia, West Africa. ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Carried the Olympic Torch for the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece • 2005 Grand Marshal Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, City of Carrollton, TX • Over 2,000 personal appearances to promote soccer during a 15-year professional career • Established scholarship fund for economically disadvantaged children – Super Star Soccer Camp, Pocono, PA • Conducted the first inner-city soccer program, Philadelphia, PA CAREER SUMMARY Soccer: 15+ years as a professional soccer player; consultant, advisor, fundraiser Coaching: Junior soccer leagues, inner-city teams Consulting: Corporate, business development Managing: Fitness centers – daily operations, national expansion Current: Senior Vice President: The Last Well: Director: Liberia operations Current: Global Ambassador: Liberia YMCA Current: Sports Ministry Missionary - Covenant Church, Carrollton, Texas Current: Founder/President of DonamiSport: The largest Grassroots Soccer program facilitator in Sub-Sahara Africa. EXPERIENCE – HIGHLIGHTS • President, Municipal Youth Sports Consultant, Inc. • Management Consultant to the City of Houston Soccer Program (largest municipal youth sports program in the U.S.) • Owner, Designer Awards, Inc., Dallas Texas (largest minority-owned awards company in the U.S. • Division Supervisor, 24 Hour Fitness (supervising 65 facilities, $200 MM operation) • District Manager, Fit-Lite Fitness Clubs (a division of 24 Hour Fitness) PERSONAL HONORS • Quest for Success Award, Minority Small Business Owner of the Year, Dallas, Texas • Soccer Volunteer of the Year for the U.S. (awarded by the Soccer Industrial Council of America) • Seven-times Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) All-Star • MVP Freshman year, New England All-Star Soccer Game (SCSU 1976) • Three-time college soccer all-American (Southern Connecticut State University –76-77-78) • New York City High School Soccer Player of the Year • New York City High School Athlete of the Year TEAM HONORS • Bronze Medal Winner, 1989 Indoor World Championship (Member, U.S. Five-A-Side Team) • 1987 – Member, Dallas Sidekicks MISL Championship Team • 1980 – Member, U.S. Olympic Team • 1979, 1980 – Member, U.S. Senior World Cup Team • 1978 – Member, U.S. Pan American Team SOCCER HIGHLIGHTS • President, Municipal Soccer Association • Member, United States Soccer Federation National Board of Directors • Founder & Chairman, Citibeat Foundation (provides soccer scholarship funds to underprivileged children) • U.S. Soccer, World Cup Foundation, Board of Directors • Member, United States Soccer Federation Executive Committee • Chairman, U.S. Soccer Cross-Cultural Committee • Chairman, U.S. Soccer Spectrum Program • 1994 World Cup member of the Dallas Host Committee Executive Board • U.S. Team Liaison, Nigerian 1994 World Cup • Served as U-16 U.S. National Team delegate to Canada • South District Team Coach, Olympic Development team • North Texas State Soccer Association (Soccer representative, Athletic Advisory Council of the United States Olympic Committee) • Olympic Representative, U.S. Soccer Federation Board of Directors • Coach, Long Island Junior Soccer League Select Team CIVIC INVOLVEMENT Co-Chairman, American Cancer Society Fundraising Committee Sponsor – “I Have a Dream Foundation” Sponsor – youth choir member to tour Africa Board of Directors, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce Team Liaison, Nigerian National Team, 1994 World Cup

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