I'm not a huge fan of writing about myself, I usually write about others, but the team at love.fútbol asked me to login and introduce myself. My name is Brent Latham -- I am, among other things, a soccer writer for ESPN. That's me over there on the right interviewing Coach Bob Bradley at the Confederations Cup in South Africa. (Or at least half of me, on the left, not the bald guy -- it turns out I don't take many pictures of myself writing about soccer.)
I'm now based in Guatemala City, and with some spare time on my hands, I was looking for a social project to support. I am now pleased to link up with love.fútbol, combining my two passions: soccer and development work.
While I've spent the last few years traveling the world covering soccer, my background is actually in non-profit work. Ever since my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, I've had a passion for creating and managing structures to maximize resources and create social value for those who most need it.
That is, I'm here to help.
For thousands of Guatemalan kids, love.fútbol fits that description too, by providing a place to play for those who would otherwise risk their safety or health to spend those few precious minutes a day doing what we all love -- kicking a ball around.
I couldn't be happier to join the team in Guatemala, as your eyes and ears here. I'll be blogging regularly about the goings on of the project in Central America, and bringing as many video and other presentations as possible to you.
I'd like for it to be a two-way conversation as well, so leave me a comment and I'll (we'll) get back to you!