FBB Member, Football Coach / Entrepreneur, Striker
“FBB has taught me that common barriers to friendship like language, nationality and religion can be overcome through sharing common goals; and football has proven to be the most powerful for me. I have learned how to interact and build lasting relationships with people whom I never thought I would share anything in common with. I learned how to organize projects and work within a team to create positive change in myself and for those around me. FBB has shown me how belonging to something greater than myself, and greater than predetermined categories like race, religion, and national identity can help us transcend prejudice and misunderstanding.”
Dillon joined Football Beyond Borders in 2010 when he was invited to take part in the West Africa tour. He says that his experience with FBB showed him a different side of football – as a force to bring positive change in people’s lives. When Dillon became involved with FBB he was training with Dagenham and Redbridge and aiming to turn pro. Although he didn’t achieve this goal, Dillon was inspired by his experiences with FBB to set up his own youth coaching organisation which combines high quality football coaching with education about international political issues.
Dillon took part in all of the major FBB projects from 2009-2012 and led on the delivery of the London International Tournament in 2011 which brought over 100 students from across the world to compete in a week long cup. Through these projects he played football and developed lasting friendships with community leaders, students and football players from Ghana, Egypt, Finland, Turkey, Uruguay, Palestine, and Jordan.
He is now back in the United States but continues to support the work of FBB. He has begun the planning to bring a youth team from the US to Salvador, Brazil for the FBB Legacy Games in September 2014.