Sports Can Change the World

Photojournalist(s) of the Day: Patricia Saint Cilien (Haiti) and Vaniet Rodriguez (Panama)

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Patricia: I had a really impressive day today! I really enjoyed playing soccer in the rain with some famous coaches and players. One of the things that I learned today is that sports can change the world. Sports "level the playing field" so that everybody is equal and seeking to be happy. No matter what happens, the most important thing is to enjoy each moment, accepting everything and transforming them into opportunities to learn.

During my time in Boston, I've really enjoyed the architecture --I find it unique! I have more days left to see more and, above all, I'm having fun!

Vaniet: My favorite part of the day was playing with my teammates --I enjoyed every second! During camp we also we practiced our skills and that’s was very helpful. In the afternoon, we had an amazing opportunity to meet Scott Caldwell and Juan Agudelo from New England Revolution, the professional men's soccer team in Boston. We really enjoy playing with them!

The most important thing that we learned today was to be friendly and get to know everyone at camp. This is important when we communicate on the field like when we need to pass the ball and try to score a goal.

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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.