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Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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Alphonso Davies was given a unique honor based on his focus on helping refugees.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Tigres UANL - FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images

Bayern Munich left-back and Canada international Alphonso Davies has become the first professional footballer to be name an official Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Davies, of course, has a strong connection to social causes given the amazing story of his life. Born in a refugee camp in Ghana to Liberian parents, Davies’ family eventually was able to relocate to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where he eventually made a name for himself as a football prodigy:

When asked by ESPN about why he balances his commitment to social causes with his football career, Davies reflected on why he thinks his story is so important for others to hear.

“I believe my personal story can help make a difference in people’s lives. It makes me work harder and I’ll never forget where I come from. Being a refugee is part of my story and I’m happy to share everything about it,” said Davies. “It motivates me each and every day to be who I am, to reach out to people, to tell them that there’s hope and help others be aware of what the situation is. I want to be a role model to other refugees as well. For them to look at me and see there’s hope. To let them know if we believe in ourselves, we can make it. I really want to raise awareness and open people’s eyes to the situation that is going on around the world.”

To read the whole interview Davies had with ESPN, click here.