September 17, 2020

🌏 Global Perspective: Football’s Dionte Allen


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A former defensive back for the Buckeyes, Dionte Allen is sharing his passion for football with youth in China through the Shanghai American Football Academy. Allen founded the academy to promote football and is currently training 200 young athletes from ages three to 16 via 15 school programs.

Allen first visited Shanghai in 2016 and moved there permanently in 2017 with his family while he was working for Walmart and founding the Shanghai American Football Academy. He played for the Buckeyes in 2011 and graduated with a degree in criminology and sports management and is now coaching

“Shanghai has become my home,” Allen said. “It is safe. I met so many people, and I have so many relationships that I get to connect with. And the food is amazing. After being here for three years, I am able to order my own food, get around and have a great life.”

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