Sports In The City - For Economy or Community?

APA California Chapter, Northern Section


Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. PST

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Session Description:

Professional athletic sports dominate the attention of City Hall and mass media, but often it’s the grass-roots sports programs that provide historically marginalized youth a connection to each other, the larger athletic community and the city as a whole. The “White Elephants” film questions the impact of a waterfront stadium project in Cape Town, South Africa, as the “Futbolistas 4 Life” and the “City Surf Project” films bring Bay Area empowerment stories to life. Join us at this special screening event and panel discussion with speakers who represent many sides of this issue, including sports activist and educator Dania Cabello, who is featured in “Futbolistas 4 Life”.



“City Surf Project” (10 min, Dir. Oscar Guerra, 2018)

A local Bay Area group teach surfing to kids who may not otherwise have resources or access.

“Futbolistas 4 Life” (40 min, Dir. Jun Stinson, 2018)

Futbolistas 4 Life takes you into the lives of two Oakland high schoolers: One is a college hopeful and DACA applicant who’s navigating the reality of his immigration status, and the other is an American citizen who lives in fear that her undocumented parents may be deported. These youth take solace in the game of soccer that lets them, if only for a moment, put their worries on the sidelines. The film also features the fighting spirit of their coach Dania – a former professional soccer player. At a time when Colin Kaepernick and professional athletes around the world have used their platform to speak out on injustices in the U.S., Dania also uses her role to help players understand the inequities that exist in their community. A former professional athlete and the daughter of political refugees from Chile, Dania uses her love for the game and her family’s own immigrant experience to connect with and empower her players.

“White Elephants” (19 min., Dir. Avni Shah, 2018)

Sport has the power to inspire and unite people. White Elephants is a short documentary that investigates the legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa through a series of (exclusive!) interviews and footage. The film asks the questions - what is left behind after the celebration is over and the memory has faded, and was it worth it?



Dania Cabello, Sports Activist and Educator, featured in “Futbolistas for Life” film

Oscar Guerra, Director, “City Surf Project”

Avni Shah, Director, “White Elephants”

Jun Stinson, Director, “Futbolistas 4 Life”

Moderator: Theo Ellington, Former Director of Public Affairs, Warriors




Dania Cabello

Invited Speaker

Sports Activist and Educator, featured in “Futbolistas for Life” film Read More

Oscar Guerra

Invited Speaker

Director, “City Surf Project”

Avni Shah

Invited Speaker

Director, “White Elephants”

Jun Stinson

Invited Speaker

Director, “Futbolistas 4 Life”

Theo Ellington

Invited Speaker

Former Director of Public Affairs, Warriors

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