U.S. Embassy Presents World Cup posters and DVD to Barbados’ National Sports Council
When people think of soccer-crazy nations, the United States of America doesn’t necessarily come to mind. Think again.
Saturday’s England versus USA match drew 17 million viewers in the US – more than any of the first four games of the NBA playoffs, showing that World Cup fever has swept the USA.
In the spirit of that World Cup fever, the United States Embassy yesterday presented 10 posters and a DVD of the video Goal: Soccer for a Better Future! to the National Sports Council at the NSC’s My Lord’s Hill, St. Michael headquarters.
The World Cup gifts will be used in the NSC’s upcoming summer sports camps and will be viewed by many of the camp’s anticipated 1500 participants, particularly the 150 children expected for the soccer program.
Deputy Public Affairs Officer Dr. Joseph Schaller made the presentation on behalf of the Embassy to Assistant Director of Sports, Mona Alleyne, who noted that both the posters and DVD would serve as inspiration for their campers.
The posters feature star players from Team USA, such as Jozy Altidore, Landon Donavan and tenacious goalkeeper Tim Duncan. Several also feature stats highlighting the explosion of the sport in the United States – such as the fact that the U.S. is home to the second largest number of players in the world – 24.4 million people.
The Goal DVD is a 26 minute, broadcast quality video about the World Cup that addresses diversity, teamwork, tolerance, and gender equality.