Ferdie Adoboe

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Ferdie Ato Adoboe (born 1964) has been recorded as the fastest man alive in both sprinting backwards and speed juggling (a skill which involves kicking a soccer ball in the air as many times as possible in a short period of time).

Often called the "Father of Speed Juggling,"[by whom?] Adoboe lobbied Guinness World Records to establish a world record for speed juggling and then on January 22, 1999, he set the first record at the Ft Lowell Shootout in Tucson, AZ., by recording 136 touches in 30 seconds and 262 in 60-seconds.[citation needed]

Adoboe, a native of Ghana, holds four speed-related world records including running the 100-yard dash backwards in 12.7 seconds when he was 19 years old in 1983.[1] and speed juggling a soccer ball 141 times in 30 seconds on The Today Show on Aug. 27, 2003.

Adoboe has coached thousands of soccer players through his Soccer-Magic Skills Training Program & Academy, based in Amherst, Massachusetts[citation needed]. In addition to his own camps and programs, Adoboe has served as a soccer and track and field coach at schools including Mt. Holyoke College, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and South Hadley High School (Massachusetts), and in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program.

Players who have worked with Adoboe have gone on to play for US Regional and National teams, NCAA Division I College teams, Major League Soccer, European professional teams, and the UEFA Champions League. Notable alumni include: Robbie Russell, Jay Heaps, and Edson Buddle.[citation needed]

Adoboe was a Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd in 1983, and he is also an answer in the 1984 version of the popular trivia game Trivial Pursuit.

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"Meet Ferdie" a video tribute on YouTube


  1. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE; Going Fast in Reverse". The New York Times. 1983-07-30. Retrieved 2007-07-12.