For Immediate Release
February 20, 2015
The team will be honored on March 26, 2015 at a recognition ceremony held at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.
Ben Soleim was born in Longview, Washington into a large family. He has eight siblings, seven of whom were adopted. Ben credits his early family experiences with teaching him that life does not revolve around any one individual.
After graduating from high school in 2007, Ben moved overseas. He spent six months in Australia studying Worldview and Community Development with the University of the Nations. He worked in community development for an additional six months in China, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Ben returned home to serve as a youth pastor from 2008 to 2013. In this role, Ben worked with hundreds of young people and volunteered in several area high schools.
Ben currently attends Lower Columbia College and maintains a 3.72 GPA while serving as President of the nationally ranked Speech and Debate team. He plans to transfer to a four-year university in the fall, where he will major in sports journalism.
In the future, Ben hopes to use his love of sports as a platform for affecting change. During his world travels, he found sports to be an 'international language' that has the ability to transcend both cultural and ideological barriers. As globalization continues, Ben feels it is important to find opportunities—such as through shared interest in sports—to form communities and engage in productive dialogue about peace. His dream is to cover sports both nationally and internationally.