New Friends and Activities

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Photojournalists of the Day: Sochita C., Phath H., Nhanh K., Ratana R., and Maneth U. (Cambodia)

Today we have a lot of activities. I have learned about a new game of sport “Ship Island.” This game made me make new friends and learn new skills from the activities. I really enjoyed it because we need to do team work to play. It such anew a lesson to me. I love kind of these activities so much. I wish we could have these kinds of activities in my community in the future. We had the opening program and played soccer on teams with other countries. I learned a lots from the games, activities in dorms and outside, soccer and the movie Alex and Me yesterday. I have learned about communication and shared experience of what we have learned so far. I many new friends, and I got some encouragements from my new friends. I also like them so much because they are so friendly, and we respect each other when we share something new together. I hope I can see this more and more in the next two weeks.

First Day at Camp

Photojournalist of the Day: Lestein A. (Kazakhstan)

Today we arrived at the basketball camp and began preparing to learn more about the sport. For the first time in my life I played basketball and it was a very good experience. I cannot convey my impressions with words. We met many experienced players and we worked with these people on the court. We found new friends and we exchanged experiences with each other. We learned the rules and the game itself while playing basketball. It was a special day for me.

Today was a great day, and I am sure that tomorrow we are going to have even more fun. Thanks for your attention!

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The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Wheelchair Basketball, Disability Rights, and Inclusion", brings 14 participants from Kazakhstan and Thailand to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.

America's Pastime

Photojournalist of the Day: Tawatchai J. (Thailand)

Today, although there were not many activities like the previous days, I had a lot of fun. I experienced live baseball match for the first time and it was one of the best experiences of my life! I was a little sad because our home team, the Chicago White Sox, didn't win but it will still be good memory forever.

When we first arrived to the U.S. I was very excited because it was my first time in this country. I was, however, also worried about a few things, especially not being able to speak English fluently. Today pushed me to practice my English skills more and to realize that if we try to learn more, it won't as difficult or nerve-wracking.

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The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Wheelchair Basketball, Disability Rights, and Inclusion", brings 14 participants from Kazakhstan and Thailand to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.

Learning the Basics

Photojournalist of the Day: Askat A. (Kazakhstan)

Today is our one week mark in Chicago and the program was different than the previous days. Our main goal today was to learn the basics of wheelchair basketball. Dan, from the Chicago Park District, has over 25 years of experience in the sport and he led our workshop. He taught us how to play basketball and the importance to play not only for yourself but also for the whole team. Wheelchair basketball is an intense sport! The session was helpful to prepare for the camp in Champaign.

After lunch we had a debrief session with the program team where we summed up our time in Chicago.

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The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Wheelchair Basketball, Disability Rights, and Inclusion", brings 14 participants from Kazakhstan and Thailand to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.

Adventures on the Lake

Photojournalist of the Day: Monthon A. (Thailand)

Today I went to visit Lake Michigan. We tried adaptive sailing there and I really enjoyed this activity because it was like an adventure in the sea! I learned that it’s important to follow the direction of the wind when sailing and how to steer the boat from an adaptive seat. We are all very lucky to experience this!

I would love to go back to Lake Michigan and go fishing and relax by the lake one day.

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The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Wheelchair Basketball, Disability Rights, and Inclusion", brings 14 participants from Kazakhstan and Thailand to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.

Chicago Dreams

Photojournalist of the Day: Ratree T. (Thailand)

I really love this city! Today we got to explore Chicago like going to the Willis Tower Sky Deck and the Adler Planetarium. I am very happy to be here.

In the afternoon, we met with Mary Kate Callahan who is a triathlon athlete who is currently training to hopefully qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. She shared her story with us and how she pushed through tough times and competitions. It was very inspirational.

Thank you for this opportunity. I am grateful to the program staff for taking very good care of us.

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The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Wheelchair Basketball, Disability Rights, and Inclusion", brings 14 participants from Kazakhstan and Thailand to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.