Author: Patrick Greeley

Patrick writes for The Borgen Project from Bozeman, MT. His academic interests include History and Philosophy. Patrick is a huge sports fan, some of the teams he supports include the Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, and the New York Knicks (unfortunately)!

BRASILIA — Over the past couple of years, Brazilian soccer playerda Silva Santos Júnior has risen through the ranks to become one of the most glamorous stars in the sport. The 25-year-old forward has dazzled fans with his uncanny playing ability that is the perfect mix of agility, precision and grace. This past year, Neymar scored 13 goals in 30 games for Barcelona in La Liga, and this offseason, Neymar joined Paris Saint-German for $222 million, becoming the most expensive transfer ever. As spectacular as Neymar has been on the field, his contributions off the field have become just as inspiring.…

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SEATTLE — Among passionate basketball fans, Durant’s name sparks healthy debate regarding his basketball career. Some argue he is one of the best scorers in the history of the NBA, while other would claim he is one of the best players, if not the best player, in today’s game. Statistics alone place Durant in the basketball pantheon that most basketball players would only dream of, leading the NBA four times in scoring, eight all-star game appearances, and winning the 2014 NBA MVP title. At 28 years old, Kevin Durant is entering his basketball prime, and will only continue to dominate…

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SEATTLE — For a little over a decade, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing but Nets campaign has made a significant impact in preventing the spread of malaria in sub-Saharan Africans, primarily in adolescents. Since Nothing but Nets has been established, they have successfully raised $56 million while providing nine million bed nets to families in need in the sub-Sahara African region. The Nothing for Nets campaign has proven to be quite prosperous, partnering with other charity organizations, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NBA Cares and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S. The origin of Nothing but Nets is rooted…

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BRASILIA — Conquering all other countries in South America with its size, Brazil totals half of the land mass in South America. Not only is Brazil the largest country in South and Latin America, Brazil is the fifth highest populated country in the world and contains one third of the Latin American population. Upon arrival from Portuguese Settlers in 1500, Brazil has flourished as one of the world’s highest production in mining, agriculture and manufacturing, while displacing a dense history that is as diverse as the beaches that run along the Atlantic Ocean. With its immense natural beauty, such as…

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SEATTLE — In 2016, David Ortiz stepped away from the game of baseball after 20 years of service. Ortiz boasted a transcendent career decorated with various accolades, including ten all-star game appearances, three World Series rings and a heroic performance in the 2004 ALCS, where he led the Red Sox back from a three-zero deficit against their rival Yankees, to advance to the World Series, and win the Red Sox’s first World Series in 86 years. As phenomenal as he was when he stepped up to bat, David Ortiz has proven his impact to extend outside the game of baseball. The…

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SHANGHAI — In a sport where 6’7″ is the average height of its players, one NBA player stood out among the rest: Yao Ming. Between 2002 and 2011, Yao left opposing teams in awe. Looking down on players from his 7’6″ stature and 310-pound frame, Yao Ming terrorized opponents for years with his fundamental footwork in the post, uncanny soft touch for a big man, and ability to defend the opposition, blocking shots with ease. Drafted with the first overall pick by the Houston Rockets in 2002, Ming maintained a high level of production during his tenure in the NBA…

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SRI LANKA — South of India, in the Indian Ocean, lies a remote island known as the country of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka boasts an impressive size, with slightly more than 22 million residents. 707,000 residents inhabit the capital of Colombo, but the population of Sri Lanka is spread throughout the country, with homes along the eastern coast. The country of Sri Lanka has also proven to be diverse in various cultures and religions, with religious groups spanning from Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim, and ethnic groups comprised of Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Tamil and Sri Lankan Moors. Among Sri Lanka’s success…

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SEATTLE — Charlize Theron has made a name for herself as a renowned actress, becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought after women for lead roles. Theron has maintained a level of excellence in film that most people only dream about, staring in films such as “The Italian Job” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” and winning an Oscar in 2003 for her performance as Aileen Wuornos in “Monster.” This summer, Theron will be starring in “Atomic Blonde.” Theron’s successful acting career has not kept her from helping those in need. In 2007, Theron founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Program with…

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GUAM — In March and April 2017, the Kasparov Chess Foundation Asian-Pacific celebrated its 15 year anniversary by traveling to four different Asian countries to promote chess as an educational tool for children. March 22 marked the start of the tour in Guam. The tour continued through the Philippines, Malaysia and Myanmar, ultimately ending the tour April 6. The foundation attracted 700 chess enthusiasts to the Young Talents Rapid Age Groups Chess Tournament in the Philippines and hosted 80 teachers and state representatives of the Ministry of Education to a seminar in Malaysia. Michael Khodorkovsky, president of Kasparov Chess Foundation,…

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BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Colombian pop star Shakira is known for her musical hits, ranging from “Wherever, Whenever,” “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” and “Hips Don’t Lie”. However, Shakira has also made a name for herself outside of music as a philanthropist. As recently as March 28, 2017, Shakira announced plans to construct a new school in her native town of Barranquilla, located at the northern tip of Colombia. The school intends to open sometime during 2019 as the seventh school Shakira built since the creation of her charity foundation Pies Descalazo, or “Barefoot,” in 1997. This charity has the…

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