Portland Parks and Recreation Announces Intercultural Basketball Tournament
Friday, November 13, 2015
The tournament is described as an “international celebration of diversity which will engage underserved and underrepresented immigrant refugee and youth of color from all over Portland.” It aims to celebrate and foster community building, civic engagement, diversity, partnership integration and self-sufficiency for people new to Portland and to the United States.
“This inaugural tournament is a wonderful chance to help immigrant and refugee youth to build a strong relationship with City staff,” said Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “I hope the players have a wonderful time and that they continue to engage in Portland’s recreational opportunities.”
The tournament will feature up to 16 teams from around the Portland area. Age groups will range between 14 and 17 and 18 and 21.
“This exciting tournament promises to showcase just one of many opportunities that Portland Parks & Recreation offers,” said Portland Parks and Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. “We recognize it may often not be easy to get used to a new city which many players now call home. Portland is a welcoming community and our mission is serve all Portlanders equitably with the goal of a healthier, happier community."
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