Scholars Cheer on the Brooklyn Nets

On February 1, 2016, Fulbright Scholars and their families were hosted by One To World in downtown Brooklyn for an evening of fun and basketball at the Barclay’s Center. Scholars enjoyed a riveting basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Detroit Pistons. The purpose of meeting at a popular sporting and entertainment center was to give Scholars and their families the full experience of the American sports culture.

[Right to left] Taiwanese Scholar Hanhsing Lee, and his son.

[Right to left] Taiwanese Scholar Hanhsing Lee, and his son.

Scholars from countries like Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Israel, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Senegal, Slovakia, South Africa, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom were able to enjoy this event together.

(From left to right) Senegalese scholar, Salious Dione and Nigerian scholar, Patricia Odumosu

[From left to right] Senegalese scholar, Salious Dione and Nigerian scholar, Patricia Odumosu

During the game, Scholars learned about America’s passionate love for basketball, foreign players in the National Basketball Association (NBA) league, and the Barclays Center’s role in the community. Scholars and their families easily assimilated into the culture of American sportsmanship! They high-fived everyone in their section, stood up as the national anthem of the United States was harmoniously projected from the speakers, cheered passionately when the Nets scored and booed just as passionately when the rivalry team scored, danced in and out of their seats to the music and bought hot dogs and other tasty items from food vendors.

Fulbright scholars and their families enjoying the game.

Fulbright scholars and their families enjoying the game.

Despite the surprising loss (the scores were so close!) by the Brooklyn Nets, it was an unquestionably great experience. In the words of Katherine Gash, a Fulbright Scholar from the United Kingdom at Columbia, “It was fantastic! Great atmosphere and hot dogs! It was great to meet other Fulbrighters. The game was fast and very fast moving and I really enjoyed all the music/atmosphere. The national anthem pre match was lovely to hear. I loved it. It was a real American experience!” This was the universal sentiment expressed by all who attended the event.

In the end, Scholars and their families left with full stomachs, joyful hearts, a renewed feeling of community, and a better understanding of America’s culture beyond the four walls of their offices and homes.

Brazillan scholar, Amilcar Pereira displaying his newly acquired Black History Month Brooklyn Brooklyn Nets shirt.

Brazillian scholar, Amilcar Pereira displaying his newly acquired Black History Month Brooklyn Nets shirt.

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Art and Apples with Fulbright Scholars from the Big Apple

Autumn in the USA is a time for many traditional harvest-related activities. Our New York City Fulbright Scholars and their families were able to participate in seasonal festivities through the Enrichment Program. On a beautiful fall morning, the group drove up to Storm King Art Center, a famous 500-acre outdoor sculpture park and museum that celebrates the harmonious yet dramatic interaction between sculpture and the surrounding landscape. They were guided through the museum to learn about the art, its engineering, local history, and to appreciate the beautiful fall foliage that surrounded them. Guides encouraged the visiting team to look at each work from a variety of angles and really consider the different emotions that they evoke. After a period of solo exploration, the group came together for an outdoor lunch at Storm King’s picnic grounds.

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The Fulbright group at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY

The Fulbright group departed from Storm King and drove to Pennings Orchards. They picked apples, went on a wagon ride around the beautiful grounds, and enjoyed apple cider and donuts. Children were able to meet pygmy goats, and climb haystacks; while adults appreciated the marvelous landscape and the farmers market.

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Fulbright scholars on a tour at Storm King Art Center

“We had wanted to go upstate in the autumn and see the beautiful views of the trees and the hills in those colors! And it was a perfect mix of culture and nature for us, keeping it interesting both for the kids and for us. Very engaging!” -Agustina Del Campo from Argentina; Columbia University

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Fulbright scholars and their families enjoying a wagon ride at Pennings Orchards