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"a baller and a scholar" Northern Irish Soccer Star & Notre Dame scholar Paddy Burns joins Innumeris

We at Innumeris would like to welcome Paddy Burns, an ambassador and final member of our upcoming student-athlete project. Paddy is a Northern Irish student-athlete at the University of Notre Dame and plays for the Men’s Division 1 Soccer team at the highly competitive Atlantic Coast Conference. Prior to Notre Dame, Paddy captained the Northern Ireland u18 team and played in the Irish League for Glenavon FC. At his secondary school, St Malachy’s College, Paddy was the Head Boy and captained the football team to winning the Northern Ireland Cup.

As someone who both plays at an extremely competitive conference and studies at an highly academic university, Paddy knows first-hand what student-athletes face. Nevertheless, Paddy is a firm advocate for higher education and is delighted to continue that advocacy with Innumeris. Paddy gives an account of why joined Innumeris below:

“Given the fact that I was not recruited, I know exactly how difficult it can be to apply and get accepted into many of the universities in America. I feel like I have the experiences and skills required to help many young people succeed in that process. I want to encourage all young people, particularly in Northern Ireland, that the American route should be a top choice - it is hard to beat!"

Student Athletic Coordinator Taner Dogan notes how he is "very excited to have Paddy on board. His experience as a Northern Ireland Youth international combined with playing at a high calibre division 1 soccer programme will provide our student-athletes with a wealth of Knowledge."

Our Innumeris Chairperson Daniel Olaniyi was delighted to have paddy join the team. His reasons are below:

"We wanted our last ambassador to be someone who is currently playing at the highest level of NCAA soccer. We also wanted that person to value academics and education the same way we do at Innumeris. Paddy was therefore the perfect last piece of the puzzle. He is a baller and a scholar. As well as that, he is a proud Malachian. He is proud of where he comes from and will never forget his roots. The team are looking forward to working with him."

As we welcome our last team member, Innumeris will soon start our upcoming student-athlete project. Any businesses who would like to sponsor our programme can email us at and any student-athletes interested in availing of our help can email us too!

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