MThe latest Hat tournament happened to be right here in Phnom Penh. Eleven of the Swa boys were enthusiastically able to participate in the Big Phat Phnom Penh Hat 2014. This timer around many of them were prepared and ready to face their opponents. Unlike in Vietnam, a few of the boys were put in the same team, which really helped out with the communication because some of our younger players could not speak English well.
Since the last Hat in Vietnam, the difference in their skill level and game play was appearance on the fields. They played with confidence, determination, and fluency. They owned the disc each time. Most importantly, they had fun! Finally, the boys felt a sense of belonging in the Frisbee community because people started to recognize them and their potential.
We want to thank the continuous support from the Phnom Penh Ultimate Association who have always been there for the boys, teaching and guiding them through it all. Also, the Youth Ultimate Project continues to be a big part of the Swa’s development activities. A big shout out to AUSSIE XL for sponsoring the cost of the tournament. And a huge Thank you to Lone Star Salon for putting together a fundraiser to help pay for rental fee of our field practice.
In short, thank you for making it possible and giving the boys opportunity to enjoy this amazing sport!
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