On July 2, bright yellow and crisp white T-shirts marked two teams vying for a win on the soccer field. For the second year, AFSC’s Dayton (Ohio) Refugee Justice Program sponsored a tournament for young refugees from Africa. Their home countries include Burundi, Rwanda, Sudan, Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ghana. More than 60 participants appreciated the opportunity to play their favorite sport and to share their experiences in the greater Dayton area.
The Dayton Refugee Justice program took advantage of the World Cup-induced soccer fever to sponsor a unique event: The Umoja Afrika Cup tournament on June 12, 2010.
More than 50 young people from Burundi, Kenya and Senegal participated in a round robin style tournament, buoyed by sheer excitement and unfazed by rain, reported Migwe Kimemia, program director. “The Burundian refugees were extremely excited as this was their first such experience since they arrived in Dayton about two years ago,“ he said. “It got even more exciting after they upset the Kenyan team by 7 goals to 2.”
Come out to Thomas A Cloud Park, and watch teams from Kenya, Senegal, Nigeria, and Sudan complete in the 2010 Umoja Afrika Cup. This tournament will help foster unity between African refugee communities in the Greater Dayton Area.
Please come out and support the teams, and enjoy an afternoon of community building.
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