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Ellen applauds Liberian athlete

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has applauded one of Liberia’s most influential athletes based in the United States, Bill Rogers. An Executive Mansion release issued Thursday, 3 August says Mrs. Sirleaf lauds the athlete for his outstanding performance in making Liberia proud and described his effort as an example of determination.

The Executive Mansion release says the Liberian leader received Mr. Rogers in audience on Wednesday, 2 August during a courtesy call at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was escorted to the President’s office by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Saah Charles N’Tow, Frederick B. Krah and a host of members of the Bill Rogers Foundation.

She praises Mr. Rogers for remembering his country in such a wonderful way, and emphasizes that sports is a unifier and can also be used as the common denominator to attract Liberian youth to be more productive and enjoy the future full of hope and opportunity.

President Sirleaf thank thanks the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the encouragement given to Bill Rogers that have allowed him to reach this far. Introducing young Bill Rogers, Youth and Sports Minister, Saah Charles N’Tow commended President Sirleaf for the warm reception and audience accorded the professional athlete Mr. Rogers and his team in spite of her busy schedule.

Mr. N’Tow says Bill is using sports to help empower young people, among other Things. Speaking earlier, Mr. Rogers narrated his painful life story, and commended President Sirleaf for the opportunity given him to meet and interact with her.

While expressing gratitude to President Sirleaf, Mr. Rogers tells the Liberian leader he has secured 20 acres of land to build the Bill Rogers Youth Facility that will help to empower young people.

He notes that some of the features will include boarding facilities for young athletes to further develop their natural talents, computer lab, library, indoor basketball, volleyball and soccer pitch, among others. –Press release

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