Philadelphia (11/5/2016)—Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer presented the Fair Play Award at halftime of the inaugural Philadelphia International Unity Cup final between Ivory Coast and Liberia on Saturday.
Indonesia was the winner as the team that exhibited the most gentlemanly play throughout the competition. The Fair Play Award was voted on by participating teams, referees and tournament administrators.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer President Jim Kuntz and Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer CEO Chris Branscome were on hand to present the award to representatives from the Indonesian team.
"We are proud to recognize Indonesia as a team that plays soccer the right way: by showing respect to opponents, referees and the game in general," said Branscome. "The Indonesian players are quality role models for the thousands of youth that play soccer in Eastern Pennsylvania."
Group Fair Play Awards were given out as well to Cambodia (Group A), Lithuania (Group B), Myanmar (Group C), Nigeria (Group D), Vietnam (Group E), India (Group F), Haiti (Group G) and Bhutan (Group H). All received commemorative plaques, while Indonesia, as the overall winner, got an equipment donation courtesy of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer and Angelo's Soccer Corner.
In addition, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer will run a clinic for youth players in Philadelphia's Indonesian communities.
"This has been a tremendous event, and I've enjoyed following it from afar," said Kuntz. "I want to thank Mayor Kenney and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation for putting it on and allowing us to be involved."
Ivory Coast defeated Liberia 1-0 in the final.
About the Philadelphia International Unity Cup: The Philadelphia International Unity Cup is a soccer tournament that celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the City of Brotherly Love through the worldwide appeal of soccer. It is a 32-team, World Cup-style tournament composed mainly of diverse immigrant groups across Philadelphia. The tournament is a cooperative effort among several municipal departments, chief among them the City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.