The Knuckleballer: R.A. Dickey finds his perfect pitch - April 14, 2013 - The Afghan Perspective - 60 Minutes on CBS

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"God brought me to the bottom literally and figuratively. And picked me back up and said, 'You're gonna do it different.'"


Robert Allen "R.A." Dickey is an American baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. This week 60 Minutes show was about not only his sports life but the darkest moment of his personal life and how he decided to change his life.

Sports is not only the physical movement. It is a an inspirational and motivational source for people to compete, move on, respect and learn team work. In developing countries, particularly Afghanistan, sports can play a critical role especially by giving women the opportunities to be more active.

This is the healthiest way to help and support Afghan women to be empowered. Although, the lack of facilities and safe space for them is a big challenge.

Esteqlal football team is the second team in the Premier League in Kabul. Film Annex has sponsored it since the 2012 football season in Afghanistan.

Recently Esteqlal won the championship of Kabul Futsal League. On April 15 Esteqlal Football team will fly towards Ankara, Turkey and Cyprus For Futsal competition of ECO countries.

One of the main aspects of sponsoring Esteqlal team is to provide a reliable platform for women, even in football, which is mostly a male dominated sport in Afghanistan. Therefore, we took the first initial step with our Women's Annex initiative in Afghanistan, which is the official online distributor of Esteqlal Football Team's games, interviews, and videos. It is in a unique place as its online advertising, promotion, and social media strategies are managed by Afghan women.

The second step was to take women into the real action, which is playing football. Since one month, Esteqlal female football team has started its practice under the supervision of expert trainers. Young girls are practicing and playing together, remembering all the dark period of times they spent in their past by looking forward for a better future.

رابرت آلن دیکی یک ورزشکار آمریکایی بیس بال (پرتاب کننده توپ) در تیم بلو جیز تورنتو در لیگ برتر بیس بال است. برنامه این هفته ۶۰ دقیقه سی بی اس نه تنها در مورد زندگی ورزشی وی بلکه در مورد دوران تاریکی که در زندگی اش سپری کرده است میباشد. ورزش تنها یک حرکت جسمی نیست، یک منبع الهام بخشی و روحی برای افراد است تا به مبارزه بپردازند، احترام بگذارند و کار گروهی را یاد بگیرند. در کشورهای در حال توسعه مخصوصا در افغانستان، ورزش میتواند نقش مهمی را مخصوصا در توانمند سازی زنان و فعال ساختن آنها بازی کند.

 

Fereshteh Forough

 



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Afghan Perspective is a weekly column presenting Afghan Women and Men's views on CBS' 60 Minutes shows. The Afghan writers watch each episodes and then try to relate the topic to what is happening in their country. The main goal is to connect people presented in the shows with Afghans…

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