The Beautiful Game and the Goal of Belonging

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Kim Samuel’s latest article in the Huffington Post, The Beautiful Game and the Goal of Belonging, centres on the Homeless World Cup, which is being held in Amsterdam this week. Now in its 13th year, this event builds critical connections, exemplifying the importance and impact of dignity and inclusion to all interactions and relationships in our lives. As Kim writes, soccer becomes “a vehicle for human connection, building the bonds of belonging, and granting the players access to what I see as the three elements crucial to overcoming social isolation: respect, recognition, and reciprocity.”

A Toronto Star article about Team Canada further illustrates the potentially profound impact at the individual and community level. As highlighted, the key to the success on a human level is achieved through respect enabling connection and ultimately personal growth and happiness.