By: Enrique Salinas
Do you have a home field where you practice or play regularly?
Police Officer Lauretha Vaird Boys & Girls Club.
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
For the high competitiveness and the opportunity to get to know new cultures.
What was your favorite moment from last year’s tournament?
Good emotions and very good matches.
How did your team come together?
We have been playing together for about 8 years, in local tournaments in North Philadelphia.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
We are a very cheerful team to play; we try to enjoy each game. Most of us work together and keep exercising to avoid addictions.
What does soccer mean to your community?
Soccer is a universal language that always appeals to us: people come to observe our practices and kindly invite us to exercise with them. We like to listen and try to fit together. We help with shoes for the practice of soccer, and we’re located in North Philadelphia. We coupled with the Hispanic community to play soccer and baseball.
How do you think soccer in general (and the Unity Cup in particular) promotes inclusivity?
Soccer is a way to escape and good way to stay healthy and fit. When we are not practicing, we are with family, watching games on TV. We are pleased with the opportunity to compete in this prestigious Unity Cup tournament, where there is always someone to help us in our doubts.
What places or groups in Philadelphia would you recommend to someone if they wanted to learn more about the culture of the country your team represents?
We have little presence in the city, with a small community in Philadelphia. We have great heart, are hardworking and friendly, and through soccer we want to have more friends and presence in the city. We invite you to walk our beautiful beaches, see our cathedrals, and see the human warmth of our people.
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about your team’s country?
We would like to transmit this message of peace, love, and friendship of our community, plus our food! I highly recommend the chimole, rice and beans, gamache, and ceviche. You can find them in different Caribbean food stores in Olney.