US Consulate promotes football for local girls

Karachi: The US Consulate hosted a football clinic for local underprivileged girls from various schools of Karachi.

US Consul General Michael Dodman was joined by several female Pakistani football players, including Hajra Khan, the vice-captain of the Pakistani women’s national team, and others who volunteered to introduce the game of football to 60 girls from Lyari, Korangi, Landhi, and Kharadar.

“We are delighted to be here today with our wonderful volunteers to introduce this group of enthusiastic young girls to football, or soccer, as we call the game in the United States,” said Michael Dodman, US Consul General in Karachi speaking at the event.

“The values exemplified in sports – cooperation, leadership and mutual respect – benefit girls as well as boys, and it is important that girls have opportunities like this to participate.”

After being divided into several teams, the young girls learned football techniques from the local trainers and then participated in a soccer match. After the match, Consul General Dodman presented awards to the winning team and the outstanding players from each team. This is the second Sports Diplomacy event put on by the US Consulate General in Karachi in recent months, following a night cricket match for local children held during Ramazan.

Sports Diplomacy has emerged as an integral part of efforts to build ever-strengthening relations between the United States and other nations. Sports diplomacy uses the universal passion for sports as a way to transcend language and cultural differences and bring people together. Participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that help young people succeed in all areas of their lives.

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