Police Athletic League Remarks of U.S. Ambassador Jean Manes – Soyopango, El Salvador

Police Athletic League
Remarks of U.S. Ambassador Jean Manes
Soyopango, El Salvador

July 21, 2017


** This English translation is provided as a courtesy. The original text was prepared and delivered in Spanish; only the original Spanish text should be considered authoritative. **

What a great joy to see so many soccer players here today!

It’s very exciting to see you here this morning, ready to be part of the Police Athletic League.

Playing sports teaches us many things: discipline, courage, passion. But I think the biggest benefit is that practicing a sport helps us discover our strengths.

Each of you has different talents and abilities, and that’s fine. Because a solid team has forwards, it has defensive players, and it has goalkeepers. And to win a game, you need the strength of all of these players who have different talents.  This is a lifetime lesson.

We are also a team, formed by the National Civil Police, Patria Unida, the Soyapango Municipality and my country the United States government. And this program has been possible thanks to the dedication of all the members of this team.

I want to recognize each of the policemen who daily give their time to be part of the Police Athletic League and to all the parents who accompany us today.

To you children I want to say: believe me when I tell you that there are many people who believe in you. There are so many of us who believe in this great team that is the Salvadoran youth. You can be assured that there is always someone on the sidelines cheering for you. It can be a teacher, a relative, a coach or even a fellow teammate.

We all want the same: a future without violence, where talented young people like you find opportunities in safe communities.

But the success of this program depends on you and your commitment to focus your energy to work together for the same goal.

Dare to be part of our team! A team that is building a better future for El Salvador.

To all the children here, know that each and every one of you is important. Each and every one of you matter.

And on behalf of us I want to say that we believe in you. We have the confidence that each of you can change this country.

Thank you.

** This English translation is provided as a courtesy. The original text was prepared and delivered in Spanish; only the original Spanish text should be considered authoritative. **