Teaching the values of sport

UBC rugby player Liam Murphy-Burke is heading to Uganda on a humanitarian trip. - Bob Frid/UBC photo
UBC rugby player Liam Murphy-Burke is heading to Uganda on a humanitarian trip.
— image credit: Bob Frid/UBC photo

Growing up in South Surrey, Liam Murphy-Burke played nearly every sport there was to play.

He played volleyball, basketball and rugby at Semiahmoo Secondary, and baseball for White Rock-South Surrey Baseball Association, too.

“I played pretty much everything except hockey, because my parents didn’t teach me how to skate,” he laughed.

Now strictly a rugby player – he plays at UBC, where he’s heading into his fourth year as a political science student – Murphy-Burke is hoping to share some of what he’s learned through years of competition with young athletes in Uganda.

Next month, Murphy-Burke will head to the African nation with a group of 12 other university athletes from across Canada on an 18-day humanitarian trip organized by Gainline Africa.

While there, they will be tasked with imparting their coaching wisdom on young athletes with the hope that the lessons will aid them – both in sports and beyond – as they grow up.

“It’s a sports-for-development program, so the idea is that you can use sports to help out in countries that are post-conflict,” said Murphy-Burke.

Uganda has suffered through civil unrest in various forms since the 1980s, and is still recovering.

“Hopefully we can go there and instill some values that have had an impact beyond sports – things like leadership, teamwork and overcoming adversity. There’s just so many values I know that I’ve taken from sports that have helped me,” Murphy-Burke explained.

“I’ve travelled quite a bit with rugby, and I’ve done some coaching, but this combines the two, and I’m really excited for the experience.”

Prior to leaving for Africa, Murphy-Burke is holding a fundraising night to help offset the costs of his trip.

On June 1, he’ll host a pub night at Ceili’s in South Surrey.

Tickets are $20 and include a burger and a beer.

For more information, or to buy tickets, email Murphy-Burke at

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Two-year-old Surrey hit and run remains unsolved
UPDATE: Teen fighting for his life after car nearly sheared in half in Surrey crash
Metro Vancouver, FVRD clash over waste-to-energy talks
West Cloverdale residents want Bose park to keep forest feel
Election 2014: Lorraine Baldwin seeks Board of Education seat
Election 2014: Kristine Ketter seeks seat on Langley Board of Education
New disc golf course opens
Agassiz mayor seeking second term
B.C. cities demand greater oil pipeline scrutiny, safety

Community Events, September 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 30 edition online now. Browse the archives.