— Bryce Hall Jr. has been a steady presence on the U.S. men’s soccer team since his days as a star at the University of Vermont.
He’s one of the best players on the team, has played every minute of every match and has been an integral part of the team’s success.
But as a U.N.ICE worker, Hall will spend his last two years volunteering at a local hospital.
“It’s the most difficult thing I’ve ever done,” Hall said.
“It’s a very tough job to be a volunteer and have a job.
But it’s the right thing to do.”
As a UConn student, Hall helped lead a march against UConn’s proposed tuition hikes in 2016.
A year later, Hall was one of more than a hundred people arrested and charged with resisting arrest and obstructing government administration.
His lawyer, Brian Dann, argued Hall was acting as a police officer and should be compensated for his actions.
“The evidence showed that he had done nothing illegal,” Dann said.
He was eventually cleared by a judge.
The UConn Police Department said in a statement it was unaware of any complaints about Hall from people who witnessed the arrests.
The department did not comment on any pending criminal cases.
In 2017, Hall took part in the UConn Women’s Soccer Final, a tournament that was held on the university’s campus in conjunction with the annual UConn men’s volleyball tournament.
Hall won the championship and helped lead the U-20s to the title.
“Bryce was really on fire and he’s been a really great role model for the younger kids,” UConn coach John Thompson said.
“He has been one of our best players.
I think he’s going to be an excellent ambassador for the team.
We know the UMass system has been struggling.
We have a lot of people that need help and we want to give them that help.”
As an official at the UMAH Children’s Hospital in Providence, Hall has volunteered in the Children’s Pavilion for several years, including during the recent UConn football season.
His work with the hospital has helped make it safer for children with disabilities.
“I think the most important thing for me is that I’ve been able to give back to the community,” Hall explained.
“I can’t say enough good things about UMass Children’s.
I’m glad that we’re able to help them out.”UConn said it is in discussions with Hall about a possible future.
The school has already reached out to the UUHC Board of Trustees about Hall volunteering at UMass and other facilities.