– Volunteers from Pacific Partnership
2012 (PP12) kicked off the Cambodian leg of the mission with a
friendly soccer game against a local team.
During the game, players from both sides
got to experience part of the other’s culture while showing a
competitive edge during a Community Service Project (COMSERV).
“The best part about today was coming together with all the
players,” said PP12 Team Captain Lt. j.g. Adam Cohen. “I think the
Cambodian team really appreciated us coming out and putting our
heart into the game. We had a lot of fun and we all went home
feeling good about it.”
The Cambodian team, volunteers at a local non-governmental
organization (NGO) who work with orphaned children, thought the game
was a lot of fun also.
Uewe Saorin, Team Captain of the Cambodian team, said every player
tried their best and would like the chance to play again.
“It was great as a host-town to welcome the Mercy with a game of
soccer,” he said. “It was a friendly game where both teams had a lot
of fun while also building relationships. We believe in getting
people together for friendships so we would really like to do this
Although the game was a friendly one, both sides played
competitively and put everything they had onto the field. The
Cambodian NGO team came out on top 5-3.
“Every player tried their best,” said Saorin. “The best part was
that each side had very similar skills.”
Cohen said the game gave PP12 members a chance to be competitive
“I don’t think they really knew how amazing it would feel to play
again in a competitive environment like this and play a game both
teams were passionate about,” he said. The genesis of this game was
to play a worthwhile game. I think we came out here and put our best
foot forward for the mission.”
While in Cambodia, PP12 COMSERVs are scheduled to build
relationships with the local population to help strengthen
understanding and interoperability in case of future natural
Now in its seventh year, Pacific Partnership is a U.S. Pacific Fleet
humanitarian and civic assistance mission U.S. military, host and
partner nations, non-governmental organizations and international
agencies designed to build stronger relationships and disaster
response capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region.