Greece has a new football team called Hope Refugee United.
Every one of its players is a refugee.
It all started with a few young men kicking a football around at a refugee camp near Athens. Americans know the game as soccer.
The newly formed team has played only a few games as Hope Refugee United. Now, the players are dreaming bigger as they take part in trials to form an official league team. Their hope is to compete against some of Greece's best teams in the coming weeks.
For the love of Football
For many of the players, this chance to compete fills an important void in their lives. They find life in their refugee camp at times frustrating, and with little to do. Sometimes, there are fights between people of different ethnicities.
However, a shared love of the sport of football has begun to bring the refugees together.
Seventeen-year-old Fahim Ahmad fled to Greece from Afghanistan. He says that when he and others formed teams to play football, the refugees seemed friendly and less tense. The players did not care about ethnicity. They only wanted peace and to make friends.
The refugee team now has received support from a number of people, including Petros Kokallis. He is a former vice president of Olympiakos, one of the country's most famous football teams. His non-governmental organization called Organization Earth, has been providing support for football training.
"This team is going to compete in a Greek championship, so we think this is a great opportunity for these guys to represent their community in the wider Greek community and interact with it."
Thanks to Organization Earth's support, the players now make trips out of the refugee camps to a play on a better field.
Organization Earth also has helped with other projects. At the Skaramagas refugee camp, the group is showing children to play the sport. Petros Kokallis hopes to expand the efforts and get the football players out of the camp as often as possible.
"One of the main goals of the program is to de-ghettoise refugees and get them out of camps and get them into normal society"
These efforts have been working for the players of Hope Refugees United. As the team trained for its third game, player Ali Shaheen explained why the name of their team feels just right.
"I feel like football makes me alive. I play football with the friends, the guys. I feel like I forget all of the bad stuff, really. I feel like I forget everything. I don't think about the past, the war, anything. I just think about my future."
I'm Phil Dierking.
It has rained for a week straight, the week in which you stumbled a refugee into my camp.
雨连续下了一个星期 。就在这个星期里，你成为避难者，无意间进入了我的领地 。
There was an aching void in his heart.
On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.
I beg you not to ghettoize them just for the reason that they are poor.
1."This team is going to compete in a Greek championship, so we think this is a great opportunity for these guys to represent their community in the wider Greek community and interact with it."
interact with 与……互动
Interact with readers. Readers should be the focus of any good blog.
和读者互动 读者应该是任何好博文的焦点 。
How do we interact with this thing?
2.It all started with a few young men kicking a football around at a refugee camp near Athens. Americans know the game as soccer.
start with 从/以……开始
You can start with one of them and add the others as you have time.
You can start with learning words before you read a new text.
一切都要从几个在雅典附近某难民营周围踢球的年轻人开始说起 。这项运动也是美国人熟知的英式足球 。
这只新组建的球队目前只以希望难民联盟的身份参加过几次比赛 。不过，现在他们梦想着做更大的事情——试着组建正式的联赛队 。他们希望能在接下来的数周中与希腊的顶尖球队比拼抗衡 。
对于难民球队的很多队员来说，有机会参与比赛填补了他们人生中的空隙，意义重大 。他们时常觉得难民营的生活令人沮丧，每天无所事事 。有时候，甚至不同种族的难民之间会发生争斗 。
17岁的法希姆是从阿富汗逃荒到希腊的 。法希姆说，当自己和其他队员通过组建球队的方式一同踢足球时，难民之间更加友好，关系也不再紧张了 。队员们开始不再介意种族身份，变得只想要和平，与彼此交朋友 。
如今，这只难民球队收到了来自很多人的支持，其中包括彼得罗斯 。彼得罗斯是希腊最富盛名足球队之一——奥林匹亚科斯的副主席 。彼得罗斯成立了一个非政府性组织，名为Organization Earth，这个组织一直在提供足球培训方面的支持 。
感谢Organization Earth的支持，这些队员现在能走出难民营，在更好的场地上踢足球 。
Organization Earth还赞助了其他项目 。他们教圣托里尼难民营的孩子们如何踢足球 。彼得罗斯希望能加大努力，让难民球员能多多走出难民营参赛 。
这些努力都是为这只难民球队而做的 。正当他们在为第三次比赛而接受培训时，队员阿里 沙欣解释了球队名字恰到好处的原因 。
“我感觉足球让我感觉状态很好 。我跟朋友们一起踢足球，我感觉能够忘记不好的事情，真的 。我感觉我忘记了一切 。我不会去想过去、战争和任何事情 。我只想着自己的未来 。”