Everyone's a winner at Community Cup

Hamilton The Spectator - On Saturday, at a parched Woodlands Park on Barton (isn't everything aching for water these days?), some new Hamiltonians shone proudly under the stately shadows of the old city, represented by the Westinghouse building on one corner and the handsome old Livingston United Church on the other.

The Newcomers, a group of Syrian refugees in Canada mere months, narrowly edged The Strikers, a spirited team of men and women representing Hamilton Police Services, to win the fourth Hamilton Community Cup.

The score was 1-0, but the victory was huge for the cause of integration and togetherness in diversity.

"It was a long day, everyone gave their all and they (the Syrians) really deserve it," said the goalie for the police team.

"It (the Community Cup) is an opportunity to welcome new Hamiltonians and to celebrate the ways in which our multicultural community is enriched by many voices," said Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath, who co-chairs the event with Lyndon George.

"It's so grassroots. It's a great way for newcomers to make connections."