The Thursday Three

Hello!  Because we missed the last Thursday Three, we are including three extra links today.  Also, in honor of the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup yesterday, the sites featured here are all related to both international affairs and the world of sports!

1. The 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament begins tomorrow in South Africa!  For more information, visit http://www.fifa.com/.  (Also, check out this awe-inspiring ad for the games: http://www.slate.com/id/2256074/.)

2. Check out JD Walsh Basketball School, which is promoting social change and world peace by spreading basketball through India and other countries: http://jdbasketball.com/.

3.  Learn about the Olympics at http://www.olympic.org/en/.

4. Read about Nelson Mandela’s diplomatic achievements in rugby: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1143996/index.htm.  (Also, catch the movie based off this incredible story, “Invictus”!  More information can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/.)

5. Cricket has also been used to promote diplomacy, especially in India and Pakistan.  Get an overview here: http://uscpublicdiplomacy.org/index.php/newswire/cpdblog_detail/cricket_diplomacy_and_pakistan/.

6. Additionally, soccer/football has been building friendly international relations for many years.  Learn how and why with this bestseller: http://www.amazon.com/SOCCER-EXPLAINS-WORLD-Franklin-Foer/dp/0061978051/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276212477&sr=8-1.

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