What is your name, the country you represent and your home field location?
My name is Russell Sabatini, and I am representing Ukraine. Our home field is the Ukrainian American Sport Center in Horsham, PA.
How did you hear about the Unity Cup?
I heard about the Unity Cup through Ukrainian Nationals Club representative.
What were your initial impressions when you heard about the Unity Cup?
I thought that it was a great idea! Unity Cup is something very unique, and clearly brings new quality level for the amateur soccer in the Philadelphia region.
Why are you so passionate about soccer?
I played soccer all my life, and soccer is by far the number one sport in Ukraine.
What is your connection to the team you are playing for?
I was born and raised in Ukraine. Currently, I am representing Ukrainian Nationals Club in the U.S.
Is there someone you identify with as the biggest influence in your community either through soccer or in some other way?
We have a huge Ukrainian community in Philadelphia area with many churches, cultural clubs, schools, banks, local businesses including stores and restaurants. It would not be fair to point out one or two individuals; the entire community brings positive influence all together!
Is there someone in your community you look up to?
We look up to all of our “first comers” that have invested their lives into building a strong Ukrainian heritage in the area. Our club “Tryzub” is an example of such development.
What do you love about living in Philadelphia? Or outside the city?
Philadelphia makes me feel like I’m at home.
Do you participate in other leagues and/or tournaments other than the Unity Cup? If so, which ones?
Yes we do participate in other leagues and sometimes we hold our own one-day tournaments. We played in various leagues in the area and now we are playing in the United Soccer League of PA.
Is there a tagline or quote that best describes your community?
Glory to Ukraine – Glory to the Heroes!
Where do you get your information/news from?
We find information from online, newspapers and community events.
How are you promoting your team? How are you bringing the team together?
We are promoting our team through online and via word of mouth.
To learn more about your team and cultural heritage, where can someone go?
Ukrainian American Sport Center (Tryzub) in Horsham, PA, Lower State & Country Line Road.
Ukrainian League of Philadelphia – 800 North 23rd Street, Philadelphia, PA.
The Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center = 700 N Ceder Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046
St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church – 1013 Fox Chase Road, Jenkintown, PA
Ukrainian Selfreliance FCU, Philadelphia