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Friday, August 29 2008
Hello!  As many of you know we have been leaders in developing unique and powerful sports experiences to Argentina for over 5 years.  Argentina has always been a special place for our organization and most importantly for me personally.  I grew up celebrating Argentine traditions in my home.  My Mom, Aunts and Uncles all were raised in Argentina.  My Grandparents spent 30 years of their lives giving to Argentine society.   Needless to say Argentina holds a special place in my heart.  In 1999, I lived, played and worked in Argentina where I lived with my Aunt and Uncle.  It was a special time in my life and it inspired me to share what I had always known with people and athletes like me.  So, when we formed Zag Sports soon after, Argentina was the first program we worked to develop.  We anointed Silvina, our long time friend and friend of the NCAA community, as our director of Argentine operations.  She is with all of our groups and her impact on our program goes without saying.  She played on the Argentine National Field Hockey team for many years and was an integral part of the core group of women that helped to put Argentina at  the top of the  hockey map.  In addition, I of course met her while she was coaching at Columbia.  That experience at Columbia was very important to her role at Zag today.  It helped her to understand what our US athletes need and expect on and off the field and it helped her to understand how her country could best help better our athletes.  She is a woman and fully captures what our girls need.  Most importantly Sil gets and fully embraces what we do. She is a high level sports person who organizes the highest level clinics and often organizes for our teams to play the Argentine National teams on many occasions.  She is also director of one of Argentina's high level clubs.  She has been instrumental in developing our "Impact a Child" program and our "Zag Homestay" program.  Our "Zag Homestay" program is the first of its kind and 75% of our teams take part and enjoy the culture of Argentina by staying with a club family and building  lifelong relationships.  In addition, she has worked hard to develop unique active learning opportunities which expose our girls to the culture and history in new and exciting ways.  Even more importantly,  Sil is a native of Buenos Aires.  She is connected at the highest level of sports and society. Long ago, my family noted that in order to navigate Argentina in the best way possible you have to be Argentine.  So, when you consider Argentina, please remember we have something special in our programs there. The program is a reflection of me and my family.  As a founder of this organization....with an Argentine family heritage...and..I hope you can embrace and come to learn what all our traveling teams have come to know.  Ciau! Melisa
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