The Right to Play — Not-So-Serious Business

Copenhagen – This year’s Africa Day celebration in Copenhagen marked the inauguration of the “Right to Play Cup,” a human rights soccer championship co-organized by the Danish African Soccer Academy (DASAC) and Youth for Human Rights Denmark”. DASAC is the creation of former professional soccer player Hamid Faiz Junior and the event sought to encourage young African children in the city to become involved in sports, not drugs and crime.

The main attraction of the day was a soccer tournament, pitting the Star Team (Stjerneholdet), former professional athletes including past members of the national soccer team, against a team of African players.

The event raised funds to help build a playing field and school for a soccer academy Mr. Faiz runs for 300 street children in Malindi, Kenya.