Whitecaps, German Arsenal Team Help Launch Sport and Social Series For United Nations

They say at the beginning of their careers they spend most of their time playing soccer – and that, Albino Johnson, Daniel Arzani and Alphonso Davies says, is the case.

From B.C. Whitecaps’ summer season, Davies’ story has been well documented. The Canadian has starred for the Bayern Munich youth team since being brought there at the age of nine.

As the 19-year-old and many other young players attest, sports can be just as important as academics in children’s lives. When Davies found out that the United Nations World Development Program was looking for a handful of soccer ambassadors to open up a sports-focused storytelling series called NFT (no language, communication and social), Davies decided to volunteer.

#NFTHDC: A series about sport and its power to unite people – through sport #UNDP

Thank you to @alphonso_davies for your commitment and commitment to the causes you care about #FreeTheTime pic.twitter.com/nYD0K3cCUK — United Nations World Development Program (@UNWDP) October 29, 2018

Johnson – also 19 – is considered the top North American soccer player for boys. He is currently on the academy roster at MLS side, FC Dallas, but is part of the national team. Arzani joined Jurgen Klinsmann’s team for the 2018 Under-17 World Cup and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. The 16-year-old also formed an impressive attack with Davies, who currently plays with the Vancouver Whitecaps on loan from Bayern Munich.


When asked about the series, Johnson said, “NFT is such a great program because it talks about all the social, environmental and sports issues that are affecting us all. Soccer has been a huge part of my life so far. And to be involved with an organization like United Nations is a great opportunity, it really is a blessing and we’ll all grow together.”

The English-language series features a wide range of topics from sports and evolution to climate change, immigration and mobile technology. A perfect way to engage youth and to help them embrace their dreams.

The series launches on Tuesday, Nov. 6 with 90-minute broadcast and a podcast on the UN’s YouTube channel.

The United Nations World Development Program is committed to ending extreme poverty and promoting prosperity, peace and security in all its forms around the world.

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