What is your name and home field location?
Leela Kuikel. We play at FDR Park and Murphy Recreation Center.
What is your connection to Bhutan?
Bhutan is our motherland country.
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
This Unity Cup will be a challenging journey for our team. Our team likes to do the challenging stuff, and additionally this is an event where we can represent our country.
What was your favorite moment from last year’s tournament?
Our favorite moment from last year’s tournament was our first game against Sudan. Our game ended with a 3-3 tie but both teams played as one team.
How did your team come together?
We played soccer in the refugee camps, and here, too, as friends, we gathered and started playing.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
Most of the team members are youths in high school or college, but not all. Some are working adults, too, who were good players back in the refugee camps. Age ranges from 18 years old to late 20s.
What does soccer mean to your community?
Soccer is one of the organs of our community. Soccer plays a significant role in our community. Everyone from our community is glad to spend free time by playing soccer.
Why is soccer important to you personally?
For me, soccer is a unique sport, and it is more than a game. Soccer unites people from different culture, and it is very essential for those who want to be fit physically.
How has soccer made your life better?
It’s played a vital role in my life. It reduces all the stresses. Soccer is like my life now.
Why do you think soccer is so popular around the world?
Because it is an international sport, and it will be played all around the world.
What places (such as restaurants or cultural centers) or groups in Philadelphia would you recommend to someone if they wanted to learn more about Bhutanese culture?
I’d recommend the Bhutanese American Organization of Philadelphia (BAOP).
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about Bhutan?
People, religion, and lands.