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Will the Friendship League run trips for other sports besides hockey?

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We’ve had a fair amount of our followers reach out to us over the past few weeks asking if we would ever consider running trips to our unique destinations to play their favorite sport.  Interestingly, the somewhat niche sport of box lacrosse has prompted the most inquiries. This was great news to Friendship League Manager Scott Howe, who grew up playing box lacrosse and considers it to be one of his favorite sports. The truth is, we would love to grow the Friendship League and host events for a broad…

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How a Trip With the Friendship League Helps Grow The Game

How a Trip With the Friendship League Helps Grow The Game

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In the early days of the Friendship League, our primary ambition was to help bring the Special Olympics to North Korea. Hockey (at that point) served mainly as a platform to develop relationships with the North Korean sports community.  Lucky for us, our strategy of using sport as an engagement tool worked quite well – hockey turned out to be an excellent tool for creating dialogue with the reclusive government in Pyongyang. After a few runs of the Pyongyang Ice Hockey League, we’d developed sufficient connections and trust locally to…

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The Future of Hockey in Africa

The Future of Hockey in Africa

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In February 2013, I (FL Manager Scott Howe) had been living in East Africa for a few years when I heard rumors of ice hockey being played in Nairobi. I’d had miscommunications in my previous travels that resulted in disappointment, so I kept my expectations low. “Every Thursday night at the Panari Sky Centre” I was told. Much to my surprise, there was an ice rink…..but no players. I spent the evening teaching my two Kenyan friends how to scrimmage and then never really thought much more about it. Fast…

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I Work with North Korea and won’t be Stopping – Here’s why

I Work with North Korea and won’t be Stopping – Here’s why

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Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, is a far cry from the bleak, grey fortress envisioned by most Westerners. Streets are lined not just with pro-party slogans but with trees; bright green and blue paint adorn the walls of countless apartment blocks. It might not be an ideal travel destination for the average Canadian, but in March of 2016, I found myself in a Beijing hotel going through the pre-Pyongyang checklist as I prepared for my third trip to the secluded city. Visa? Check. Bags packed? Check. Reading materials deemed…

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