GARIFUNA Soccer League President BARBIE LOPEZ of Liga Honduras Unidos, Presents its 2014 Soccer League Awards on SATURDAY October 11th 2014 in the BRONX

 

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Bronx, New York — The Bronx-based Liga Honduras Unidos (Honduras United League), with its President, Garifuna Woman Barbie Lopez handed out Awards to Soccer Teams and exceptional soccer players at their Annual Awards Gala on SATURDAY October 11th 2014.

Garifuna Woman Barbie Lopez, President of Liga Honduras Unidos Soccer League.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Garifuna Woman Barbie Lopez, President of Liga Honduras Unidos Soccer League. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

By providing a recreational outlet for soccer enthusiasts, as well providing jobs and business opportunities for vendors at its games, the impact of this sports activity is noteworthy, especially considering that a Garifuna woman is at the center of this Amateur Soccer League.

Founded in 2005, The Bronx-based Liga Honduras Unidos currently consists of eleven teams, each having approximately 20 players each.  Games are currently played at Ferry Point Park in the Bronx on weekend afternoons.

Some of the Attendees of the 2014 Liga Honduras Unidos Soccer League Awards.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Some of the Attendees of the 2014 Liga Honduras Unidos Soccer League Awards. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Current soccer teams in the Liga Honduras Unidos Soccer League include: Alianza Travesia, Atletico Manaca, Belize Honduras, Bronx FC, Gracias A Dios, Team Jamaica, La Ceiba, Revelacion, Santa Fe, Trujillo, Vallefe.

WINNERS

Champion: Team Jamaica

Second Place: Gracias A Dios

Third Place: La Ceiba

In addition to a trophy, Team Jamaica was awarded a check of $5,000.  Team Gracias a Dios was awarded a second place check of $2,000.  Photos from this event can be found in the Photo section of the Being Garifuna Facebook Page1

There were people who were awarded individual awards and I will post the names of those individuals in an update.  Players were also given citations from Bronx Councilwoman Maria Del Carmen Arroyo.  For more information about the Liga Honduras Unidos Soccer League, contact Mrs. Barbie Lopez at (914) 258-0234.

Corporate sponsor of the Liga Honduras Unidos Soccer League is Dinkes and Schwitzer, who are Personal Injury Attornies.

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ABOUT The Garifuna People


The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.  They are noted for being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men, 1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.   2

In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

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Championship Trophy of the 2014 Liga Honduras Unidos Soccer League Awards.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Championship Trophy of the 2014 Liga Honduras Unidos Soccer League Awards. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Notes:

  1. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152445771973596.1073741918.305542983595&type=3
  2. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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