During my time in New York, I’ve never heard about a program like Detroit Food Academy which through the culinary arts educates high school students about entrepreneurship. Also, seeing how Mogo is widely used in the city is quite impressive, in New York, there are Citi owned bikes but I can’t remember seeing someone using one. I can go on for days discussing what New York isn’t doing that Detroit is.
This past Sunday, there were a lot of soccer games going on starting with the Women’s world cup final between the United States and the Netherlands. Later on that evening the battle between the Men’s US soccer team and Mexico, and let me not forget the South American final as well between Peru and Brazil. I can assure you that there's never been a day like this one for all the soccer fans. That same night I was researching news articles that spoke about soccer and Detroit, and I found the perfect article called ‘The women bring it’: World Cup inspires soccer culture in Michigan (Breana Noble). This article struck me from the very beginning because one of the first things you see when opening up the article is a group of young ladies playing soccer while showing pride for their women’s national team. Ironically, from there forth the article spoke about how the women’s soccer team continues the inspire the lives of many. For that very reason, many organizations are investing money into soccer facilities that will serve as a hub for those who are interested in learning and playing soccer. I support the expansion of soccer facilities because like the article mentions many of these kids are creating life long friendship, and from my very own experience I can assure you that I’m still friends with the people I played 8 years ago with.
It was interesting to read about soccer being used as a means to get kids together and also adults who participate in pick up games, but what struck me the most about this article was reading about the unequal pay between male and female professional soccer players. I already knew there was unequal pay within a typical industry, but I assumed that every professional gets paid the right amount solely based on skills and experience, not gender. What was the most shocking about this article was reading about how female games attract as many fans as male games do, and I mistakenly thought otherwise because I would see empty seats during World Cup games. That all changed this past Sunday when I saw that the stadium was as full as a male World Cup would be.