Len Oliver enjoyed a long, varied and productive soccer career. (Photo courtesy of Len Oliver’s Facebook Page)
A Celebration of Life will be held for Len Oliver, a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame who passed away in July, in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 7.
Oliver, a Philadelphia native, was 88.
His daughter, Britt-Karin Oliver, announced the event on her Facebook page.
The celebration will be held at Hook Hall, 3400 George Ave., Washington, D.C. 20010 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ET.
Please join us to share stories, mingle and help us celebrate Len’s wonderful life,” Britt-Karin Oliver said on Facebook. “Please RSVP using the form below and also share any stories or pictures.”
Anyone attending has been asked to wear his or her “favorite soccer jersey.”
The event will be streamed live on www.Lenoliver.com.
After the celebration, the England-U.S. women’s national team game will be televised live in the hall.
Oliver distinguished himself as a player, winning the Under-19 national championships with the Lighthouse Boys Club in the 1948 and 1949 before enjoying an outstanding career with Temple University. He competed for the Philadelphia Nationals in the American Soccer League, Uhrik Truckers, Ludlow Lusitano and Baltimore Pompei.
He also played for the U.S. team that finished 0-4 at the Pan-American Games in 1963.
In recent years, Oliver made headlines for another reasons.
In an interview with Steve Goff of the Washington Post in 2016, Oliver said that he would donate his brain and spinal cord to scientists researching the impact of concussions and head injuries. At the time, he was finalizing details with the Concussion Legacy Foundation. That foundation works with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the CTE Center at Boston University in studying brain trauma in athletes and at-risk groups.
At the time, U.S. women’s national team standout Brandi Chastain said that she would donate her brain for similar observation after she died.
“She’s 47,” Oliver told the Post in 2016. “It might be 40-50 years before they get to her. I could pass tomorrow.”
Oliver said he suffered six head injuries during his career. Concussions were not part of the sports’ vocabulary at the time. All of the injures were the result of head-to-head collisions, not heading the ball, the Post reported.