What is your name and your team’s home field?
I am Kyung Yoon. We don’t have a home field, but we have been using Penn Park in West Philly on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8am and usually haven’t had a problem getting it.
How did you hear about the Unity Cup?
I heard about the Unity Cup through the Korean community, and I was very excited. I know some people that work at City Hall and heard about it in speaking with them. A lawyer I know (Jimmy Chong) asked me if I would help develop the team. Jimmy said he would organize the community aspects if I could put together the team.
Why are you passionate about soccer?
I have played soccer my whole life. Soccer draws people away from bad activities that could get them in trouble. It teaches discipline, healthy practices, and allows you to express yourself and release energy.
What is your connection to the team you are playing for?
I moved here to go to high school in 2000. Initially, I lived in Northern Virginia.
Is there someone you identify with as the biggest influence in your community either through soccer or in some other way?
The church has a huge influence in the community. Timothy Haas is a great contact there. Posting information there to spread information about the event would be good too. Jimmy Chong is also very engaged in the community.
What do you love about living in Philadelphia?
I like Philly because it is historic. The city is small enough that you don’t need a car– I walk and bike everywhere. I also like the Navy Yard.
Do you participate in other leagues and/or tournaments other than the Unity Cup?
There is an association in N. Philly called Korea American Soccer Association (KASA). It is mostly adults and is broken into three different age divisions. In the US there is a thing called the Korean Olympics, and we have played in this.
I grew up as a soccer player through KASA; it allowed me to play competitively.
Can you provide a tagline or quote for your community/team?
Pray for one Korea
Where do you get your information?
I can get Korean news from a grocery called H Mart. They have a variety of Korean newspapers that people can pick up.
How are you promoting your team? How are you bringing the team together?
Recruiting? Mostly through KASA. I have lots of friends that play soccer and have been involved with soccer in Philly for a number of years. Over 30 people are interested in playing on our team, but because most of the members are students or just out of school, it is pretty difficult to get everyone together.