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Bronx welcomes National Sport Day and Consul General of the State of Qatar in New York

The National Sport Day of the State of Qatar will be celebrated in the Bronx on Tuesday when soccer and poetry loving kids from the America SCORES New York after-school program join with dignitaries to enjoy this unique occasion of sport and culture.

National Sport Day is celebrated by Qatari people on the second Tuesday of February each year, encouraging everyone to participate in sporting activities with family and friends.

Besides celebratory events in Qatar and New York, the Embassy and consulates are today hosting a series of activities across the U.S., including events with Boys & Girls Clubs in Tampa, Miami and the Gulf Coast. Celebrations will also take place in Los Angeles with America SCORES and in Washington DC with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.

Students and coaches from PS 66 and 386 will gather at The School of Higher Expectations in the Bronx to help mark the day, playing soccer and enjoying traditional food, with representatives from the New York Consulate General of the State of Qatar.

ASNY Executive Director Shannon Schneeman will help welcome our Qatari friends including His Excellency Nasser Ibrahim Mohammed Allanqawi, the Consul General of the State of Qatar in New York.

The Consul General will speak to students about the importance of wellness and exercise as well as life in Qatar, a small country in the Arabian Gulf. “National Sport Day is a special celebration in our country, where communities and families learn, play and enjoy the benefits of sports and healthy living. We’re pleased to partner with America SCORES New York.”

Based in NYC since 2001, America SCORES New York serves as a driving force in promoting fair play, self-expression, commitment and teamwork for youth in under resourced communities in New York City. Through a combination of soccer, poetry and service learning, our unique after-school program shines a spotlight on these poet-athletes, helping them develop the skills necessary to lead successful lives off the field and outside the classroom.

ASNY partners with urban public schools, hiring and training their teachers to coach their students in soccer, poetry and service learning five days-per-week after-school.

“It was an incredible day last year and we are looking forward to doing this again,” said Ms Schneeman.

“We are very grateful to the Embassy of the State of Qatar and the Consulate General in New York for making this all possible. We look forward to continuing this tradition because the positive impact of this event on our poet-athletes will be evident for a long time.”