Jews in Sports: Soccer for Harmony

As the summer is nearly upon us in its official capacity, we soon will mark the legal-age since the infamous 1991 Crown Heights riot.

For one day, at least, all ethnic tensions played second-fiddle to yesterday afternoon’s Harmony Day, at Hamilton-Metz Park.

The day’s activities commenced with a march down Empire Boulevard in the morning, and ended with a soccer tournament at the park on Lefforts Avenue in the afternoon.

The “Seeds in the Middle”-sponsored soccer event pitted a patchwork of local yeshiva students against a few of the local African/Caribbean-American squads; a rubber match of sorts, as the Jews and their counterparts split the first two such event, each side winning once.

The much-heralded third contest actually turned out to be a round-robin tournament, with a final game to have been played only if necessary.


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