A team of street children from Pakistan’s biggest city of Karachi will take part in the Kids International Chicago Soccer (KICS) Cup being held in Chicago from July 19.
The team finished as second runners up in the Street Children Football World Cup back in 2013. It will be for the first time that a team from Pakistan will be participating in this tournament, says a statement issued by Pakistan’s Chicago Consulate office.
Their participation was made possible through resources collected from Pakistan as well as with generous donations of the dynamic Pakistani-American community in Chicago.
The championship has been taking place for the last two years. As many as 200 teams of young girls and boys from the U.S. and around the world are participating in the tournament this year. Around 15 international teams from 12 countries would take part in the multinational and multicultural event.
Pakistan team arrives in Chicago on July 19 and attend the opening ceremony. Consulate General of Chicago Faisal Tirmizi will host the team at his residence on July 20.
The initiative had been taken by the Lahore Committee of the Chicago Sister Cities International, especially by its chair Mr. Tariq Butt in collaboration with the Consulate General of Pakistan in Chicago.
Pakistan’s enterprising young team consists of children from the town of Lyari in Karachi who live on streets. “With their immense talent, they are sure to make us proud and show the true colors of Pakistan to the world,” the statement said.
“This International sporting event will not only be a life changing experience for the young boys but would also be a great morale booster for the Pakistani American community in Chicago.”