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R&D Team

Tommy Clark, MD

  • Pediatrician and CEO of Grassroot Soccer
  • Former professional soccer player (Bulawayo Highlanders)
  • Research Fellow at UCSF Center For AIDS Prevention Studies program
  • Dartmouth Medical School
  • AWARDS: Two-time Resident Teacher of the Year (Univ. of NM),  American Academy of Pediatrics Annie Dyson Child Advocacy Award, 2005 Dartmouth College Martin Luther King Junior Social Justice Award
  • Published first peer-reviewed paper in Sport For Development field (AIDS and Behavior)
Jeff Decelles, Ed.M

  • Masters in Education (Ed.M) from Harvard Graduate School of Education as a Catherine Reynolds Fellow
  • Founded the Batey Libertad Coalition, which uses soccer as a peace-building medium for Haitians and Dominicans living in the Dominican Republic
  • Co-founder of Ragball International, a soccer-based entrepreneurial education program
  • Designed and implemented GRS programs in over 11 countries

Zak Kaufman

  • Truman Scholar and Dartmouth College graduate (2007)
  • Founder, Lose The Shoes (LTS) fundraising campaign
  • Zak has done fieldwork, led trainings, participated in conferences, and conducted research projects in more than a dozen countries around Latin America and the Caribbean and southern Africa



Research Advisory Council

Grassroot Soccer’s Research and Development team is dedicated to translating the latest research, evidence, and best practices in youth-targeted HIV prevention into action. To support this effort, GRS has enlisted a number of the world’s leading thinkers and researchers in the field as Research Advisors.  Click here to view bios and read more about our Research Advisory Council.