Written by Mindi DePaola, Social Media & Community Engagement Intern for the East African Smoke-free Program
We recently saw the US Women’s National Soccer team take gold medals home in the World Cup, but we have had some budding soccer stars of our own participating in a soccer tournament right here in Minneapolis. This tournament was the Ramadan Tournament, put on by the West Bank Athletic Club (WBAC). This tournament is a special time when those fasting in observance of Ramadan compete before breaking the fast. Games were played on Thursday and Friday evenings from June 19th through July 18th, at Currie Park in Cedar-Riverside.
WellShare International’s East African Smoke-Free Program helped The WBAC make the event a fun and smoke-free environment for all! WellShare Community Health Workers and interns attended many of the days of the tournament, with pamphlets and brochures explaining why smoking and secondhand smoke can be dangerous for you and your community. We also brought a whiteboard during one of the days so that spectators and athletes could tell us why they chose to be smoke-free!
Aside from the impressive soccer being played, there were also some possible Junior Olympic athletes in the crowd. Two of the younger boys in the Somali community here in the Twin Cities were soon going to be traveling to Iowa to run in a few races and compete for a spot at the Junior Olympics for track and field. There was quite a lot of talent in Currie Park!
It was an exciting tournament, and there were some fantastic athletes participating- we hope to see you all out there next year.