6 April 2011

Liberia: Tennessee-Based NFL Player Visits

A Linebacker of Tennessee Titans in the National Football League of the United States arrives in the country today, April 6, along with his family on a humanitarian assessment tour.

According to a release, Rennie Flomo Curran, Jr., a professional American National Football League (NFL) player will use his short stay in the country to conduct a charitable need assessment to determine how he can help in Liberia’s post-conflict reconstruction drive.

The NFL star will be visiting the country with his parents, Mr. Rennie Flomo Curran, Sr., and Mrs. Josie Kulah Curran; his siblings, Joan Curran Darkortey and Musu D. Curran (his publicist), and his brother-in-law, Rufus N. Darkortey.

He and other members of the delegation plan to visit schools, universities, hospitals, orphanages, UNICEF, and other governmental agencies. He will also conduct a sports clinic with a primary focus of introducing American football to Liberian youth and to also promote youth leadership.

Rennie is a 2nd year linebacker of the Tennessee Titans, an NFL team. Prior to being drafted as the 97th overall pick in the NFL Draft, he was a highly dominant American football player at the University of Georgia, where he was the team's Most Valuable Player and recognized as the 11th best linebacker in the entire United States.

He and his organization, The Liberian Dream Charitable Mission and Tour, are partnering with the Liberia Economic Development Initiative (LEDI), a non-profit, non-governmental, and nonpartisan organization founded in 2007 by Rufus Darkortey and his wife Joan Curran Darkortey.

The organization’s goal is to improve the socio-economic, educational, health, and business development initiatives of impoverished Liberians. In order to accomplish these goals, LEDI will be providing micro-financing, training, and investment opportunities for small businesses; giving educational scholarships and supporting hard working students and academic institutions; constructing health clinics and supporting existing medical centers; building and supporting public libraries and schools.

The press release quotes Mr. Curran as saying he is proud to partner with this spectacular organization for the Liberian Dream Charitable Mission and Tour.

Rennie is the maternal grandson of retired United Methodist Church, Bishop Arthur F. Kulah and his wife, Violet; and paternal grandson of Edith Curran, a highly esteemed, retired nurse and midwife at the Curran Hospital in Lofa County.

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