As Liverpool's top passer in European competition, Jordan Henderson gets the chance to talk with the Western Union pass foundation about Liverpool's campaign thus far and the education initiative that's honoring him.
The people at the Western Union PASS Fund have passed along a video highlighting both the performances of Jordan Henderson in the Europa League as well as their initiative to support education for populations that don't have the same educational opportunities those born elsewhere. In their words:
Through PASS, Western Union intends to harness the power of football to build awareness of the need for greater investment in education around the world. We also will help deliver on-the-ground educational support that will make a difference to young people and their communities.
As the new Global Partner of the UEFA Europa League, Western Union will turn every successful pass in this season's competition into funding to support one day's education for young people around the world. The fund aims to reach one million days of school over the next three seasons.
Given that we quite like Jordan Henderson and people being awesome to other people, it's an easy enough spot to run. Henderson's work in the Europa League has been a bit stop-start; he got a few minutes here and there before his coming out party in the first half against Udinese, and while there are a handful of missed chances in front of goal we've rued, he also proved to be the difference on the scoresheet in Italy, sealing progress with a first half goal against Udinese in a match that ended 1-0. Despite that, he's managed to be Liverpool's top passer in the competition.
As for the PASS Fund, it's not something we'd heard about before, but it seems a commendable effort to enact positive change on a broader scale. Their initial efforts will be focused on turning completed passes in the Europa League into funding for educational projects in Brazil, China, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Romania, Russia, and Turkey, and as the hopefully they'll see some success in their current efforts while being able to further expand the program.
To the video, then:
Video by The Western Union Pass Fund