We are the Pyongyang Ice Hockey league and we bring hockey players to North Korea for a groundbreaking Friendship Game with the national ice hockey team to support people with disabilities in the DPRK. AMA!
We believe in the power of sport to build bridges between even the most distanced cultures, and that through such engagement anything is possible. Further. we believe that sport isn’t inherently political in nature, and that geopolitics should never prevent communities from interacting with each other. It was these two beliefs that led us to start the Pyongyang Ice Hockey League which is aimed at creating cross cultural engagement between ordinary people in the DPRK and the international community.
And we’ve proven our assumptions to be accurate. Last year myself and my colleague Gordon Israel travelled to Pyongyang, DPR (North) Korea with a group of international hockey players. It marked the end of lengthy discussions and preparations, during which we negotiated the inclusion of a sports program for individuals with an intellectual disability (ID). We had been told by all external advisors that this would never happen as the DPRK would never let foreigners work with the population in question. In the end, our offer to play hockey was the spark that facilitated our groundbreaking and ongoing efforts to bring disability (ID) sports to the DPRK.
The success of the Pyongyang International Hockey League has led us to start the Howe International Friendship league – a series of events around the world with similar objectives to the PIHL.
You can check out our website here: www.friendshipleague.org https://www.facebook.com/HoweInternationalConsulting https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRfdZx2xXoZhw7POfwEDAMQ https://www.instagram.com/hifriendshipleague