Pediatrician and Executive Director, Grassroot Soccer, Inc.
Dr. Thomas S. Clark, Pediatrician and Executive Director of Grassroot Soccer, Inc., conceived the idea for Grassroot Soccer after living in Zimbabwe. Clark completed his medical training at Dartmouth Medical School, graduating in 2002. He went on to get advanced training in HIV prevention research at UCSF, using his background in medicine to give Grassroot Soccer a firm foundation in curriculum and evaluation. Dr Clark has conducted research in HIV prevention under a National Institute of Health Fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco. He is currently a Draper Richards Foundation Fellow, given to a select group of social entrepreneurs each year. With start up support from both Ethan Zohn’s winnings from the tv programme Survivor Africa and a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grassroot Soccer conducted its first research and program in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Today, Grassroot Soccer conducts HIV/AIDS prevention programs in eight countries. Most recently, it has been announced that one of the first five of the 20 Football for Hope Centers to be built by FIFA in South Africa will be turned over to Grassroot Soccer to administer.