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Soccer Without Borders Announces TCS New York City Marathon Team

Soccer Without Borders (SWB) is excited to announce the 14 members of our 2021 TCS New York City Marathon team. This is the largest team SWB has ever assembled for the 50th running of the storied race, after a one-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Team SWB runners will be among a smaller race field of 33,000 who will wind their way through all five boroughs on Sunday Nov 7, 2021.

“This group of runners has shown so much dedication to Soccer Without Borders and their enthusiasm is contagious,” said Dara Ely, Director of Communications and marathon manager. “We can’t thank them enough for their efforts, not only training to run 26.2 miles, but for their fundraising. Collectively they’ve already raised almost $30,000 for SWB.”

The TCS New York City Marathon is a major fundraising event for Soccer Without Borders and the runners can choose to support a specific SWB hub or all programs. Meet Team SWB:

Molly Atherton (Brooklyn, NY) Fundraising for All SWB Programs

Molly played soccer for the University of Alabama and is particularly excited to help SWB’s work with underserved girls. She was part of Team SWB in 2020 before the race was cancelled, so this will be her first marathon.

Ari Biswas (London, Eng)

Fundraising for SWB Seattle Before moving to Britain, Ari was a volunteer coach for SWB Seattle and remains a member of the advisory board. He’s also training for an Ironman triathlon!

Chris Bogan (San Francisco, CA) Fundraising for SWB Oakland Chris is a dedicated runner who was signed up for the 2020 NYC Marathon (before it was cancelled) but is ready to make the cross-country flight to complete his second career marathon.

Sophie Goethals (Oakland, CA) Fundraising for SWB Oakland Sophie is an SWB Oakland Program Associate who recently launched a new girls league and started a new high school team as part of her Global Goal 5 Accelerator. This is her second marathon.

Meg Hancock (Louisville, KY) Fundraising for All SWB Programs Meg is an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville with extensive experience in sport management and sport for development. This will be her first marathon!

Ryan Hawke (Brooklyn, NY) Fundraising for All SWB Programs

Ryan is a filmmaker who has been part of the SWB community since playing in a Small Goals, Big Change tournament in 2010. She is a member of the SWB Board of Directors and this is her second marathon.

Allie is a former college soccer and lacrosse player who is running her first marathon. She’s been part of the SWB family since serving as a Fútbol sin Fronteras Team Leader in 2013.

Leigh Howard (Albany, NY)

Leigh is the head coach of the NCAA Division I women’s soccer team at the University at Albany. She’s a former Fútbol sin Fronteras summer volunteer and this is her fifth marathon.

Jasmin Jalali-Yazdi (Boston, MA)

Fundraising for SWB Boston Since June 2020, Jasmin has been one of SWB Boston’s most dedicated volunteers. She’s an avid soccer player who plays in multiple leagues and this will be her first marathon.

Andrea O’Brien (New York, NY) Fundraising for SWB Boston A lifelong athlete, Andrea played soccer at Boston College and is fundraising for SWB to help give all young people the opportunity to play the game she loves. This is her first marathon.

Daniel Sass (Ridgewood, NJ) Fundraising for SWB Baltimore

Daniel is a school administrator who recently moved to New Jersey but spent nearly 10 years as a volunteer coach, tutor and community partner for SWB Baltimore. He has run five marathons and one ultramarathon!

Jimmy Sherman (Nahant, MA)

Jimmy is a physical therapist who attended Fordham University and has cheered on runners at many New York City marathons. This will be his sixth marathon and he’s thrilled to run NYC for the first time.

Liam Tracey (Somerville, MA) Fundraising for SWB Boston Liam grew up playing soccer and ran track in college at Roger Williams University. He currently plays club soccer and this will be his third marathon. He’s fundraising to help give all children the same access to sports he had growing up.

Charlotte Williams (New York, NY)

Charlotte played soccer at Penn State and traveled to SWB Nicaragua with her team and Associate Head Coach Ann Cook, who is an SWB Advisory Board member. She played professional soccer after college and is running her first marathon.


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