University of Central Florida soccer fans can get their “football” fix when free viewings of the month-long World Cup tournament kick off on Friday, June 11.
The International Services Center and International Students Association are teaming up to offer viewings of select games on a 150-inch LCD projection screen in the activity room of the Barbara Ying Center. Food and beverages will be served at some games, and the public is invited to attend.
This is the second time that the groups have sponsored a World Cup celebration. The first, held in 2006, attracted nearly 100 viewers per game, said Rocky Blesso, cultural programmer for the ISC.
“The World Cup is a huge event for our students,” he said. “Students are very proud of where they come from.”
UCF has more than 1,600 international students from 120 nations, and the organizations hope that soccer’s huge international following will help bring students from different backgrounds together to enjoy some healthy competition.
“International students each bring their own unique culture and diversity to UCF, and hosting the World Cup on campus gives them the opportunity to interact and enjoy the thrill of World Cup month,” said ISA President Zainab Nasser, who hails from Kenya.
Attendees are encouraged to represent their countries—flags, T-shirts and face paint are all welcome.
“It will be a phenomenal, fun-filled event that will pack the community’s summer with excitement,” Nasser said.
For a schedule of games that will be broadcast, visit the UCF Global.