TULSA, Okla. – Former Oral Roberts men's soccer players have been using their skills to make an impact on a global scale, partnering with the More Than a Game organization. Among those are 2009 ORU graduate Matt Esparza, who was recognized by Weber Shandwick for his volunteer work around the world.
"I had the privilege of coaching Matt during his playing days at ORU," said ORU Head Coach Ryan Bush. "The impact he is making both inside and outside our borders does not surprise me. Matt was a great leader on and off the field. He exemplified Godly character and was a tremendous example to his teammates. His humble spirit and contagious personality made him a solid leader the guys could really look up to. He's a true example of the transformational power of the ORU athletic culture of producing whole person champions. We are proud he is an ORU soccer alumnus and is being a champion for Christ everywhere he goes."
Weber Shandwick is one of the largest public relations agencies in the world, and Esparza produces videos for many of their national clients. Among his community service activities, Esparza partnered with More Than a Game to teach the game of soccer to Syrian refugees. Fellow ORU alumni John Chau, J.D. James and Jason Nussbaum were also on the trip to Syria.
When announcing the honor for Esparza, the organization posted this on their Facebook page: "Weber Shandwick is incredibly proud of Matt and appreciates the passion and commitment he brings to helping the lives of those in need!"
More Than a Game was founded by ORU Director of Missions and Outreach Bobby Parks and is a non-profit organization that hosts soccer tournaments with the proceeds going toward building leagues in villages and refugee communities worldwide.