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Unity through soccer in Philadelphia

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Unity through soccer in Philadelphia

Diversity and inclusion are celebrated at the inaugural International Unity Cup.

On 15 April 2016, City of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced the inaugural Philadelphia International Unity Cup, a soccer tournament that celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the “City of Brotherly Love” through the worldwide appeal of soccer.

“When you bring people together around one commonality, it’s the foundation for important cultural exchange and understanding that increases tolerance across the city.” - City of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney

Philadelphia is a diverse city with 12.5% of the population having been born outside the USA and as such the Office for Immigrant Affairs has been a key partner in the organisation of the event. The White House has commended the city on their cultural projects that celebrate inclusion and diversity, highlighting the Unity Cup in the process.

The 32-team World Cup-style soccer tournament will be composed mainly of diverse immigrant groups across Philadelphia, including:

  • North America: United States, Mexico
  • Caribbean: Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico
  • Africa: Cape Verde, Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan
  • Asia: Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, South Korea, Vietnam
  • Europe: Germany, Italy, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine
  • South America: Argentina, Colombia
  • Central America: Guatemala, Honduras

The tournament began on 9 September and continues at venues across the city before a final championship game on 5 November 2016, held at Citizens Bank Park.

The PHL Unity Cup is organised by the City of Philadelphia.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 23:00