Dear DECORUM! Readers,
The amazing Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last month!!!! YAY!!! What a great job those guys did. The city went wild over it: I went to the homecoming rally downtown the Friday after the victory, and 2 million of us banded together to scream and shout for our team and for what’s now OUR CUP!
In honor of the Hawks’ achievement, let’s a bit about sports and diplomacy.
Sports are often used as diplomatic exercises. They encourage teamwork, foster friendly competition, but most important of all in such a situation, they can bring people together around a common interest. In other words, even if two nations are each rooting for their own separate teams, they are united for 3 periods, 9 innings, or minutes with the same interests. Some examples include cricket matches between India and Pakistan, Armenia and Turkey starting negotiations with a soccer game, and President Obama playing basketball with Russian students. Of course, there is also the unfailingly awe-inspiring Olympics (http://www.olympic.org/en/).
Anyone have thoughts on or examples of this they’d like to share? If so, please comment!
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