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The word pelada means “naked” in Portuguese, but in Brazil, it also refers to a pickup soccer game. In Trinidad, such games are known as “taking a sweat.” No matter what they’re called, they’re played all over the world—down alleyways, on rooftops, in backyards and prison yards and anywhere else that can serve as a field. For every impromptu match documentary filmmakers Luke Boughen and Gwendolyn Oxenham joined on their journey around the world, they remind us, millions more more were taking place.

Both passionate college soccer stars, Boughen and Oxenham (who also played professionally in Brazil in 2005) set off to discover the meaning the game has for its enthusiasts around the globe. Whether in an open field, in the street or on the beach, from South America to Africa to the Middle and Far East, they found men, women and children alike living, breathing and playing soccer. The game proved a universal language through which the filmmakers (aided by their behind-the-scenes colleagues, Rebekah Fergusson and Ryan White) were able to communicate with their subjects even when no words were exchanged. While they played, they learned about their teammates’ lives and the importance of soccer to the structure of their communities.

Ultimately, Pelada reminds us that play, for adults as well as kids, is the common denominator of cultures that differ in every other respect. Just as they can set up a field and kick the soccer ball, so citizens of the world can learn to respect and understand the game and one another.

—Gigi Haycock

Boise State University, through the help of the Volunteer Service Board (VSB), Student Union Building (SUB) and Boise State Rec Center not only showed us the divine sport of soccer through the inspirational Pelada documentary, but also allowed soccer enthusiasts to come together and play in an indoor tournament to show what “Pelada” meant to them.

Luke Boughen, world traveler, futsal fanatic, and Notre Dame superstar, through the help of Joshua Haines and the VSB, brought the charity indoor soccer tournament to our beloved city of Boise. Not only was Luke able to tell us about the endless experience, knowledge and insight he’d gained from traveling around the world, but it also gave us the opportunity to share with him a little history in regards to the local Boise culture and community. Boise natives and students educated Luke about the Basque community, growing Bosnian and Serbian communities and refugees to name a few that have made Boise, Idaho the wonderful place it is today, even more so as it relates to soccer.

A unique touch to the charity soccer tournament was the entry fee to play. Each team of four either had to pay $10 or (preferably) bring a new soccer ball. The soccer balls were given to local Boise refugee families. The tournament brought 16 teams, 64 players, donating several hundred dollars to charity as well as over 20 soccer balls which were distributed accordingly.

The beautiful thing about the game of soccer is its international flare, respect and appeal. While sports like basketball and baseball at universities bring a majority of local players, or at least individuals born and raised in the United States, soccer brings people from around the world. The tournament represented players from Africa, Bosnia, Serbia, Spain, England, Saudi Arabia, Peru and Mexico, all playing for the love of the game and bringing their own special touch and finesse from where they grew up.

Luke and his wonderful documentary make each and every one of us feel that slight tingle in our feet, passion in our hearts and true love for the game! It has been an honor and privilege to have such an influential individual come to Boise State University and give us a new perspective through the game of soccer.

For the complete photo album click the link Pelada Indoor Tournament Photos


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Tobacco Smoking is defined as, “the practice where tobacco is burned and the vapors are either tasted or inhaled.” Please, tell me what is so delightful about the previous sentence! Is it the part about tobacco vapors being tasted or inhaled? Boy! Doesn’t that sound delicious? No, of course it doesn’t, so what motivates smoking in our society? Is it the act of conforming to a group? Is it a fashion statement? Is it the alcoholics second hand man? Or is it the act of experimenting with something new?

Regardless your excuse, I’m not buying it. According to the Lung Association, “Over time, your brain adjusts to the stimulation (“buzz”) from nicotine and lowers your natural energy level or mood. You may then start to crave a cigarette for a boost. The more you smoke the more nicotine you need to feel good. Soon, your body craves nicotine to feel “normal.” Being without nicotine for even a few hours can cause withdrawal symptoms like headaches, depression, anger, anxiety, and problems sleeping.” Cigarette smoking can and will consume your life, the slogan not even once epitomizes how seriously this should be taken.

Every morning I pass a group of 4-5 smokers on my bike as I arrive at work. For the most part they’re hunched over and overweight with wrinkled skin portraying an age 20 years beyond what they really are, accompanied by a look of incompetence with each puff of smoke.

Do you want to smell like an ash tray, acquire a dreadful yellow mustache, rely on a substance that will control your life, increase your chance of lung cancer or look and sound like you’re deteriorating?

While I cannot sympathize for smokers given that I’ve never been one, I’ve known and seen the repercussions of the addiction. Please, don’t be the one to even THINK about starting – not even once! At the least be happy you can save $4 a day. It will be $28 a week you don’t spend hurting your body, $120 a month you don’t spend lowering your energy level and mood, and $1460 extra that you’ll be able to spend to enhance your way of life. Live life to its fullest and be free, smoke-free!

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