Soccer Tournament Showcases Refugee Talent

“I never cease to be amazed how funny and entertaining it can be to chase a ball around on a space of grass…I have witnessed and shared in some moments of serious laughter and real joy with this group of guys, despite the many hardships in their lives. We have been practicing and I have been really impressed with some of the students’ skills.” Coach Patrick Rich shared his thoughts on the recent World Refugee Soccer Tournament.

Twelve teams participated in the tournament.  ILC’s team had Karen, Chin, Burmese, Arakan, Rohingya ehtnic groups represented. Players from at least 5 countries (Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Eritrea, USA) participated in the tournament. The winner will receive a trophy at Milwaukee’s World Refugee Day celebration.

Special thanks to Kevin Brennan, head coach of the Cardinal Stritch University soccer team for the jerseys, NH’s Mike Majer for driving, Nang Kham for interpreting, Elizabeth Miller for the photos, Patrick Rich for instigating and coaching, and to all the ILC students and fans who led the charge.

World Refugee Day is taking place Friday, June 20th at Pere Marquette park, 11am – 2pm.

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