Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Photojournalist(s) of the Day: Jaykler Mercado Olivas (Costa Rica) and Juliana Fuentes Ramirez (Venezuela)

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Juliana: Today was an incredible day! We practiced a lot of amazing skills and we learned tips about soccer! One the thing that I learned and loved was how to give strength to the ball when kicking and shooting. After many failed attempts, I finally achieved it! 

We also learned how to do rowing with the Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI). This was cool because it showed us that when we work together as a team, anything can be achieved. We also competed in team relays challenging each other and supporting our teammates as brothers and sisters.

Jaykler: My favorite part of today was when we were practicing shooting skills. We learned different ways to kick the ball with all your power! I also learned that even when you have the chance to go alone and kick the ball, you should wait for your teammates to create a better opportunity to score! As every day passes here, we have improved the teamwork and the communication! We are so excited to be part of this program and so happy that we are here right now to represent our countries and share with all the participants and coaches. This an awesome experience that we are for sure going to share with our families and friends all over Venezuela,  Haiti, Panama, and Costa Rica.

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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.