The Right to Play -- Not-So-Serious Business

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.

The Copenhagen Football Association (KBU) invited all Copenhagen soccer clubs to attend and donate equipment for the Malindi, Kenya project. Among the well-known artists who provided entertainment for the day were the My Gospel Girls Youth Choir and Charles Kinga and the Reggaelution

The "Right to Play" cup gets its name from a phrase coined by Youth for Human Rights International to summarize the concept of article 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A video clip about this right, which appears on the Youth for Human Rights International web site, inspired this competition.

The Director of Public Affairs of the Church of Scientology of Denmark was one of the speakers at the event. She said "We support the Youth for Human Rights education campaign because human rights is a priority in our religion. Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, placed so much importance on human rights that he made it the first point in the Creed of the Church of Scientology: 'We of the Church believe that all men of whatever race, color, or creed were created with equal rights.' We are committed to seeing that all young people can be proud of who they are and accomplish their dreams."

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