What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
Mayor Kenney attended our Brazilian flag raising ceremony and asked Adenilson Dos Santos, coach and executive director of Project Capoeira, to organize a Brazilian team. The Mayor is a big fan of Brazilian soccer. We believe the Unity Cup helps celebrate the rich cultural diversity in the city of Philadelphia.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
The team was created by gathering players who train and play regularly in the Philadelphia area. Most of us knew each other and were friends already. Some of our players have played professionally in Brazil.
What does soccer mean to your community?
Soccer is a part of our culture and a fundamental part of our Brazilian pride. It’s one of the things that define our nation. Brazilians are part of a massive, multicultural, and multiracial nation that managed to find a uniting identity through soccer.
What places in Philadelphia would you recommend to someone if they wanted to learn more about the culture of the country your team represents?
I recommend visiting the local restaurants and shops that are located in Northeast Philadelphia in the Brazilian neighborhood. A lot of them can be found on Castor Avenue. It is a great way to taste Brazilian cuisine at a reasonable price.
Also, get involved with Project Capoeira, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that promotes intercultural community growth around Philadelphia through artistic performances and classes for the public and social outreach for Brazilians. We build confidence and positive citizenship among youth and adults and preserve and share Capoeira, a Brazilian art.