August 5, 2009

Clinton Set For Campbell Field Visit

CAPE TOWN - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Christopher T. Campbell Memorial Field in Khayelitsha Township, Cape Town, as part of her Saturday stop in South Africa during her seven-nation trip to Africa. Clinton will visit the field built in honor of the late Franklin & Marshall soccer standout Chris Campbell.

Campbell passed away suddenly prior to the start of his senior season (2007) that was to be capped by F&M's goodwill soccer tour of South Africa. Amandla Ku Lutsha and FIFA employ the Campbell Complex to bring hope to South Africa's most impoverished community. Amandla Ku Lutsha operates Campbell Field serving 600 orphans in the township by providing a forum to implement life skills curriculum. FIFA, with its sights set on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa has also made use of the field as a draw for implementing public health programs.

In South Africa, Clinton will meet with President Jacob Zuma, and the new foreign minister, Ambassador Mashabane. The parties will discuss issues including HIV/AIDS. F&M graduate, Amy Cawley '09, will be on hand. The Fleetwood, Pa. native is the second intern from Franklin & Marshall, replacing Ryan McGonigle '08 - Campbell's best friend. F&M soccer coach Dan Wagner, who conceived the project, envisions an F&M graduate serving as a permanent ambassador of the College at Campbell Field. The intern works with the locally hired staff to ensure the field is maintained and put to its best possible use. The intern is under the direct supervision of Amandla Ku Lutsha.

Clinton's visit will cap an important week on the international stage for Campbell Field. On Friday, Wagner will introduce Bono at the Leadership Summit in Barrington, Ill. Bono will speak via videocast, followed by Tony Blair on the second evening of the summit.


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