The City That Plays Together

  • April 26, 2015
  • 1:00 pm
  • McDougall Centre

In February 2015, Afghanistan won its first ever Cricket World Cup match, handing Afghanis everywhere a welcome moment of celebration. One Afghani community leader noted in a CBC interview he hadn’t been so happy since the Canadian men won hockey gold at Sochi. One has only to look at pictures from Stampede each year, or watch World Cup of Soccer celebrations, to see the promise of sport to intercultural understanding and dialogue.

Spur invites sport ambassadors, two-time Olympic gold medal women’s hockey player Carla MacLeod, WinSport vice president, Dr. Stephen Norris, and the executive director of the Genesis Centre, Brad Anderson to give their vision of what sport can do to bridge “otherness” Canada’s increasingly diverse cities. CBC Sports Reporter Doug Dirks moderates.

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