By: Alvin Melhado
Do you have a home field where you practice or play regularly?
Finley Recreation Center (7701 Mansfield Ave., 19150)
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
Interest in the Unity Cup was driven by the opportunity and pride to represent Jamaica. Also to associate with the multitude of other immigrant nations in Philly.
What was your favorite moment from last year’s tournament?
My favorite moment was every single match we played. The thrill of playing and the joy of seeing Jamaicans in the stands cheering us on.
How did your team come together?
Soccer is the number one sport in Jamaica, so it is followed wherever there is a Jamaican community. It is a source of community pride. Players who played together in Jamaica, come here and continuing that bond by playing together again.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
Most of the players are returning from last year.
What does soccer mean to your community?
Soccer is important to me because it has served as a foundation for some lifetime friendships. We share a common experience that help foster friendship, respect, and working together.
How do you think soccer in general (and the Unity Cup in particular) promotes inclusivity?
The Unity Cup has highlighted and made me more aware of all the different immigrant nations here in Philly. Playing soccer in the Unity League has opened up conversation and dialogue with other cultures around our love of soccer.
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?
Talk of the Town – at Upsal and Limekiln Pike
Pat’s Caribbean – Wadsworth Ave
Flavor Spot – At Rising Sun Ave & Levick, Broad and Lindley
Audrey’s Caribbean Restaurant – Ogontz and Walnut Lane
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about your team’s country?
Our motto: OUT OF MANY, ONE PEOPLE, ONE LOVE, ONE HEART.