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Richard Cook Mears III

Title: Planning and Policy Coordinator
Company: Ambassadors Football
Location: Twinsburg, Ohio, United States

Richard Cook Mears III, Planning and Policy Coordinator at Ambassadors Football, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in sports ministry outreach.

Mr. Mears served with Crossworld in Haiti from 2000 to 2015. From 2006 to 2015, he was seconded to Ambassadors Football to pioneer the founding of Ambassadors Football in Haiti. His strategy was described by 3 words: “Ball, Bible & Business”: Ball stands for soccer, which is the most popular sport in Haiti and attracted players into the program; Bible is the basis of the life-skils training the players received, and Business is what we prepared the players to succeed in as they grew up. Some of the results of this ministry were the training and equipping of over 100 soccer teams in Christian schools all over Haiti, the training of many Haitian youth in entrepreneurial skills in cooperation with YABT (Young Americans Business Trust), and the distribution of over 400 female goats and training in animal husbandry to help players pay for their education. In 2015, Mr. Mears left Haiti having trained Lucasse Henrilus to take over the ministry that continues to this day.

In 2015, Mr. Mears returned to the U.S. and joined Ambassadors Football as planning and policy coordinator of Ambassadors Football. The nonprofit is a faith-based outreach organization dedicated to transforming individuals and communities through soccer, which is the most popular sport in the world. In his position, Mr. Mears consults with the global strategic team to discuss the worldwide ministry. He also coaches children and works with other coaches multiple times each week, as well as raising funds for the ongoing ministry in Haiti.  He is also involved in starting Ambassadors Football ministries in Europe, specifically Poland, where his Grandfather was born.

In preparation for his career in ministry, Mr. Mears completed coursework at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the institution’s Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science in finance in 1981. He also obtained a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology in 1981. In 2006, he concluded his higher education at Cairn University, earning a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership (MOL).

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