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Help Introduce The World's Soccer Family to Yours During OneWorld 2011

The world is coming to Washington next summer — and you can be a part of it!

Washington Youth Soccer is proud to be partnering with One World 2011 to bring an International Youth Soccer Camp to Seattle in July of 2011 and to facilitate homestays between visiting youth and our soccer community. The camp, which will bring together thousands of American and Muslim youth from around the world, is designed to support One World 2011’s mission of creating greater understanding among people of the Muslim World and the U.S. through the exchange of knowledge, culture and ideas.

Youth participating in the camp — just one of many One World 2011 events planned to take place throughout the city — will learn "how sport is able to transcend boundaries to increase knowledge and skill, build life-long friendships and generate greater interest and awareness of the role of sport in the lives of their peers around the world."

Making the event even more exciting for our region is the opportunity for Washington Youth Soccer families to participate as host families for student-athletes in town for the 14 days of the International Youth Soccer Exchange next July. Host families will have the unique opportunity to give youth from the global soccer community a feel for daily American family life, while at the same time making a peer-to-peer connection for their own children through a direct cultural exchange of ideas and customs.

Host families will each be able to welcome up to two visiting boys or girls into their homes during the month of July 2011, and will be responsible for providing their guests with transportation to and from event facilities and meeting points. In addition, families will be expected to truly incorporate their guests into their family life for the period of the visit — including them in family meals and activities, and providing a welcoming and safe environment for the duration of the event.

All families selected to participate as host families will receive both cultural and program-related training in advance of the event, and will be supported by Host Family Coordinators available to answer questions and address any issues that may arise.

Families interested in taking advantage of this exciting opportunity, or just looking for more information, can visit WashingtonYouthSoccer.org for a detailed information packet and application. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 18, 2010, at which time families will be selected for further interviews and training.

Give your family a cultural experience you'll never forget, and forge connections between your children and others across the globe as you learn about each other's cultures through a common bond — a love for the game of soccer.



For more information on One World 2011, including a complete schedule of all events such as the International Youth Soccer Camp, Arts & Culture Festival, Business Exchange and Trade Bazaar and more, visit OneWorld2011.org.

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