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Step In Dream Big, Sports Diplomacy

Step In Dream Big, Sports Diplomacy


In a lot of places girls aren’t given the opportunity to find their voice, they’re not given the opportunity to play, they’re not given the opportunity to dream. A small group of us came together and said, “could we create something that talks to young women about the power of sports?” I was talking to all the State Department girls yesteryday and I said, “gosh having you guys here has been this gift because it’s perspective.” It’s learning we’re much more alike then we are different. I mean look at who we’ve got here. I’m from Nepal. Lithuania Papua New Guinea The United States of America I’m Ukranian From Georgia Russia From Latvia India Tanzania and from the great United States of America! You don’t have to be an amazing soccer player, I actually started coming last year and I wasn’t the best of soccer players. One of my favorite events is always team building. Before that you’re kinda, you act shy towards each other but then after that, it’s like we’ve been a family for years. This is a great opportunity that everyone of us are here so when we learn about each other and the cultures and the lifestyle. If someone comes from a very challenging life, would help us to grow in other ways, would challenge us to never back down. In our country, there is a problem that girls cannot play football. So I keep on keep on playing. After, one by one, one by one, there were
so many girls who’s playing with me football. And I was very happy. At first I thought leadership was something you were born with, but here I learned that you don’t have to be the loudest person. You don’t have to be the most talkative. Leadership to me is knowing who I am, sharing what I have, and learning from people. This program made me a little bit braver, not afraid of my opinion. Work together, team building is leadership. Find your team, find your support group, find your community and do it because you can, that’s what we want them to know. You can be a leader. When I go back to my country I would like to run a workshop session, and show my peers and young youths there that there’s a way you can overcome your challenges, which is sports. And not to be involved in other situations like drugs, which will lead you to more trouble. I want to see all ladies in my community are getting chance to participate in sports as well as getting chance to get education. I’m going to make my own team, which girls will be able to play and that will make my community change and if my community changes, then we will be able to change the world. I hope the girls and the young women will leave with a confidence that they can do anything. That if they have a huge dream they won’t think they’re crazy they’ll think they are courageous. And all is possible. That really why is the sky the limit we always say, why do you need a limit? Go after it! To be continued… [giggle]

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