Max Bailey a Maasai Warrior

Hawthorn premiership ruckman and former Richmond Development Coach Max Bailey is leaving AFL football to teach in Tanzania.

In February 2016 Max will begin a six-month volunteer position with Future Warriors Project in Tanzania.

Future Warriors supports the Maasai people and communities throughout the east African country.

Inspired by a friend who taught at a Tanzanian Orhpanage, Max will be based in a small Maasai village near the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro teaching sport at a pre-school.

“Playing and coaching football at the professional level has allowed me to be self sufficient. Not everyone is as fortunate, armed with a desire to make a contribution to the lives of others and to get out of my comfort zone, I decided to embark on this volunteer project.”

Throughout his ten year football career, Max has proven his resilience and determination, values that no doubt will be challenged in his new adventure, Max is no stranger  to  overcoming adversity and will surely provide a valuable contribution to these new warriors.

Maasai people are well known for their dancing ceremony which includes regular jumping, never allowing the heel to touch the ground and as a former ruckman Max should flourish, fingers crossed his knees hold up.

You can support Max in his journey with financial support, $300 a year will put a child through preschool, providing them with meals and the resources required. Any amount is appreciated. Visit and help future warriors.


About David Parker

A keen observer of all things sport and a Swans tragic, David likes to dabble in sporting documentaries including the Max Bailey doco for Fox Footy. David is currently filming a documentary on the Australian Cycling Men's Team Pursuit squad as they prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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