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### Graduate Student from VCU Center for Sport Leadership Provides Significant Support

By Greg Burton

From the Center for Sport Leadership

Greg Burton, a master’s candidate at VCU, is enrolled in a program that prepares graduates for the global sports industry. Having recently completed his first semester, he returned to Madina, a suburb of the capital of a West African nation where he spent his formative years. Driven by a desire to uplift his community, Alhassan played a key role in organizing a donation to the youth soccer team, Top Ten Academy.

The donation, which included sports equipment like bibs and jerseys, provides essential resources to enhance the athletic development of local talents. Alhassan collaborated with the CSL for this initiative and received support from the [Organization Name] and the [Organization Name], a youth soccer development league in the United States.

Alhassan expressed his satisfaction with the opportunity to give back to his community and support the aspirations of young athletes at Top Ten Academy. He acknowledged the crucial support from the CSL, as well as the YMCA and ECNL, in turning this initiative into a reality. Together, they are effecting positive change through sports and empowering the next generation.

In his endeavors, Alhassan utilized the guidance of [Name], Ph.D., the executive director of the CSL. [Name] is renowned for her dedication to sports development and has made significant contributions to communities across the continent through a program called Empowering New Voices through Education and Sports Training, which is funded by the State Department.

Top Ten Academy, a renowned training ground for budding athletes in Madina, has nurtured several notable soccer players from the community, some of whom have represented Ghana at the national level. Beyond the immediate impact on the field, donations like Alhassan’s play a vital role in empowering youth and instilling values such as teamwork, discipline, and perseverance.

This initiative coincides with an upcoming visit by a delegation from Ghana and Togo to the CSL this spring, as part of a sport diplomacy mission between the U.S. and its West African counterparts. However, at a more local level, the recent donation was met with joy and gratitude.

“We are thrilled and deeply grateful for the generosity displayed by the VCU Center for Sport Leadership,” expressed Mohammed Nurudeen, the director of Top Ten Academy. “We can assure you that this donation of essential equipment will equip our children with the necessary tools to pursue their dreams.”

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