By: Dai Lai Htoo
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
We are interested and excited to participate in the Unity Cup because soccer is our favorite sport. We’re excited to get to know more friends, develop friendships with other teams, and build good connections with other teams and communities.
What was your favorite moment from last year’s tournament?
Our favorite moment from last year is just when we got to know more friends, and our last match where we had fans cheering for both teams. It made us feel like we played a real match.
How did your team come together?
The team came together from our community.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
Our team has a great connection; we are like brothers. We travel state to state and play all season long.
What does soccer mean to your community?
For our community, soccer means a great experience for our youth and also means keeping youth away from bad influences like substance abuse. It keeps them healthy and teaches them that both winning and losing are part of life.
How do you think soccer in general (and the Unity Cup in particular) promotes inclusivity?
The Unity Cup promotes so much inclusivity in our city because in past years, immigrants and refugees felt like the people of this city only cared about other sports. No one seemed to care about soccer that most minorities loved, until our new mayor Jim Kenney took over.
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?
In Philadelphia, I recommend you go to Thai Singha House (3906B Chestnut St.), Thai Square Restaurant (2521 Christian Street), and Pattaya Thai Cuisine (4006 Chestnut St.).
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about your team’s country?
Thailand is a great place for vacation; you will never regret when you visit Thailand. Make sure to visit as many islands as you can.