• Meet the Coaches Working in Namibia

    L to R: Nick Gates, Sheila Dohmann, Charlie Crawford, Dr. Judith Gates, Bill Gates, and Brian Suskiewicz

    L to R: Nick Gates, Sheila Dohmann, Charlie Crawford, Dr. Judith Gates, Bill Gates, and Brian Suskiewicz

    June 17, 2013.  Happy (late) Father’s Day everyone!  Coaches Across Continents has six coaches and board members here in Windhoek as we start our third year with Special Olympics Namibia.  Board member Dr. Judith Gates, who is working with UNICEF to develop a Child Protection Policy, will be working with SON along the same capacity this week.  Joining the team is another board member, former 13-year English professional player Bill Gates (Middlesbrough FC) who will be working with the four coaches on the field.  The four coaches on the field are Nick Gates, Brian Suskiewicz, Charlie Crawford or Sheila Dohmann.  Since we already know about Nick and Brian – here is some more interesting tidbits about our four other team members for the next two weeks.

    Charlie Crawford

    Charlie CrawfordCharlie is a rising junior at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, USA.  He competes on the men’s varsity soccer team as a center back and is studying philosophy.  Or is he?…  Here are some fun facts with Charlie!

    Favorite Team – FC Barcelona

    Favorite Player – Zinedine Zidane

    Favorite Coach – Nuno Piteira (coached Charlie during club soccer days in Georgia)

    Favorite Movie – Silence of the Lambs

    Why I enjoy working with CAC? – “I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with such attractive people on both sides of the program and to see how our interactions effect each other.”
    Who will win the World Cups in 2014 and 2015? – 2014: USA, 2015: USA!
     
    Sheila Dohmann
    Sheila DohmannSheila has a broken elbow right now, but won’t let that stop her.  She works for the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee as head of local engagement (putting football into people’s culture for the lead up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar).  She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University (USA) where she was an NCAA varsity athlete as she rode equestrian.
     
    Favorite Team – Manchester United
    Favorite Player – Iker Casillas
    Favorite Coach – Sir Alex Ferguson
    Favorite Movie – The Goonies
    Why I enjoy working with CAC? – “I am excited to work with CAC because for a sport that I deal with in a daily basis on the corporate side I am excited to see firsthand the social impact that football can have on the younger generation and how it does bring all nations and cultures together.”
    Who will win the World Cups in 2014 and 2015? – 2014: Argentina, 2015: Japan.
     

    Bill Gates

    Bill Gates tackling George Best

    Bill Gates tackling George Best

    Bill Gates made his first-team debut for Middlesbrough at age 17 and was a first-team regular for 13 years.  He has worked programs for CAC in Uganda and Tanzania in past years.

    Favorite Team – Middlesbrough

    Favorite Player – Bobby Charleton

    Favorite Coach – Sir Alf Ramsey

    Favorite Movie – City Slickers

    Why you enjoy working with CAC? – Because Brian is so funny.

    Who will win the World Cup in 2014 and 2015? – Brazil and USA

    Judith Gates

    As always, Judith surrounded by children.

    As always, Judith surrounded by children.

    Dr. Judith Gates is a CAC board member and heads our monitoring and evaluation and child safety initiatives.  Married to Bill Gates, she has also worked programs in Uganda and Tanzania in past years.

    Favorite Team – Middlesbrough

    Favorite Player – Bill Gates

    Favorite CoachSir Bobby Robson

    Favorite Movie – Iron Lady

    Why you enjoy working with CAC? – “I never cease to be impressed to see at the variety of ways in which they can use soccer to create a real change within communities.”

    Who will win the World Cup in 2014 and 2015? – A rare occasion that I agree with Bill, but Brazil and USA

    L to R: Nick Gates, Sheila Dohmann, Charlie Crawford, Dr. Judith Gates, Bill Gates, and Brian Suskiewicz

    L to R: Nick Gates, Sheila Dohmann, Charlie Crawford, Dr. Judith Gates, Bill Gates, and Brian Suskiewicz