What is your name and home field location?
Diana Ramirez. Our team plays at Sturgis Playground.
What is your connection to Guatemala?
My husband is Guatemalan.
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
Being able to immerse in our cultures that share a common passion in soccer.
As a returning team, what was your favorite moment from last year’s tournament?
My favorite moment would have to be cheering for my team in the stands.
How did your team come together?
Most of our team has played together for many years in various leagues.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
The rest of the team members have come on by word of mouth.
What does soccer mean to your community?
Soccer means unity through teamwork and the love of a sport.
What does soccer mean to you personally?
Personally, soccer is a common link within our family. It brings everyone together.
How has soccer made your life better?
Soccer has made my life better by enriching my life through meeting new people and making lasting relationships.
Why do you think soccer is so popular around the world?
Soccer has been around for years but has become more popular around the world because it is a competitive sport that brings countries together through the same passion.
How do you think soccer in general (and the Unity Cup in particular) promotes inclusivity?
I think it promotes inclusivity by making it open to everyone.
What places (such as restaurants or cultural centers) or groups in Philadelphia would you recommend to someone if they wanted to learn more about Guatemalan culture?
Guate en Philly is a group that dedicates their time not only to teaching more about Guatemala, but also helps newly migrated Guatemalans. Guate Gualan and Pura Vida are two restaurants in Philadelphia known for their Guatemalan food.
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about Guatemala?
The country’s rich diversity in textiles and fauna.