8/6/2012 - GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
With the 2012 Summer Olympics underway in London, competition between countries is high. However, that didn't stop the international military students from teaming up with Team Goodfellow members to take on Dyess Air Force Base's team in a soccer scrimmage match, July 28.
Team Goodfellow's team consisted of international students from multiple countries ranging from Italy to Oman and 17th Training Wing Airmen and staff, to include Col. Thomas Schmidt, 17th Training Wing Vice Commander.
"It was one of the best moments here in Goodfellow for me, because it is the first time that I wore the 'official' Goodfellow shirt," said Italian air force Capt. Alessandro Di Rienzo, an international student. "It is an unbelievable story, a team made by guys and girls, people from United States, Peru, Cameroon, Romania, Oman, Maldives, Italy and Germany."
The teams might have come out for a friendly competition, but it wasn't until after the game that they became aware of the relationships that were created.
"Every country has different kinds of sports," said Omani air force 1st Lt. Adnan Al Ma'mari, an international student. "For instance in Oman the majority of people like to play beach games instead of soccer, people here in the U.S. like American football, so when the team has players with different languages, cultures, and interests it helps to share and build good relationships between them."
Airman 1st Class Gian Vera, 17th Medical Operations Squadron, said. "The sport is something many people love and share"
"It brings us together, no matter what race, nationality or gender"
The team may have lost the game based on points, but in the end, they left the field feeling victorious.