Jean Galvanis M’Gassiyombo is an Enterprise Architect based in the Washington, DC area.  When he’s not hard at work on a computer, however, Jean has another great passion: sports.


Didier Drogba doing what he does best: scoring goals

The idea of sportsmanship.  The competition.  The thrill that comes from it all.  That is what has attracted Jean to sports since he was a child growing up in Africa.  He is an avid sports fan.  Growing up in francophone Africa, Jean developed a passion for soccer.  His favorite teams were the national teams of Cameroon and Ghana, as well as Paris FC.  His all-time favorite player is Didier Drogba, from Côte d’Ivoire, who plays as a forward for the Turkish soccer team Galatasaray.  Since moving to Washington, DC, Jean has developed a love for DC United.  While soccer isn’t nearly as popular in America as it is in the rest of the world, it is rapidly gaining followers amongst sports enthusiasts across the United States.

Thomas and Dumars

Joe Dumars (left) and Isiah Thomas (right) holding their NBA championship trophies.

In addition to soccer, Jean is a big fan of other fast-paced, exciting sports.  One that comes to mind is basketball.  He loves the thrill that comes from the sport, in addition to the honorable conduct of the players.  When it comes to basketball, however, Jean is a big fan of “old school”.  His all-time favorite team is the Detroit Pistons, from the time of Joe Dumars.  During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dumars and fellow Pistons player Isiah Thomas combined to form one of the best backcourts in NBA history.

While not as fast-paced as soccer or basketball, Jean is nonetheless fond of football.  Living in DC, he is a big fan of the Washington Redskins.  While he remains a faithful follower of the Redskins season after season, his favorite era in the teams’ tenure is the late 1980s, when Doug Williams, his favorite player, won an MVP performance in the 22nd annual Super Bowl.  Since leaving the Redskins, Doug has become a football coach, providing mentorship to aspiring young athletes at places such as Morehouse College, Pointe Coupee Central High School and Grambling State University.