Photojournalist(s) of the Day: Ana Alaín (Panama) and Danaëlle Dominique (Haiti)
Danaëlle: Today was definitely an enriching day. We started at Suffolk University for a fruitful session based on the meaning and the importance of circle practice, and how helpful tools in including everybody and focusing on who is sharing. We also returned to Fisher College to learn about adaptive sports with three representatives from Adaptive Sports New England. My favorite part of the day was when we were trying to play blind soccer and a partner had to direct us while we were blindfolded. I felt like I was experiencing what blind soccer players might face every single day of their lives, however, I realize that I’d never be able to fully experience what their daily and soccer routines really look like.
I also enjoyed learning about about new sports through videos of the Paralympic Games but the most important thing that I learned today is that in sports, it doesn't matter whether or not you have a disability. Sports create limits. They exist only within yourself and you can change this mindset if you wish. If you think you can do it, you undoubtedly can!
Ana: Today we had the opportunity to learn about the Paralympic Games, an important international, multi-sport event that involves athletes with disabilities. These high-level athletes strive for their dreams, despite their physical disabilities. This is something that fills me with a lot of inspiration to also achieve my goals. I also want to fight like them and achieve what I set out to do. We also have a duty to include these people in our communities by creating new sports techniques where they can participate and so everyone is involved. We also had the opportunity to try some adaptive sports like sit down volleyball and blind soccer.
The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Soccer and ESL", brings 20 participants from Costa Rica, Haiti, Panama, and Venezuela to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.