Afghan girls spreading sport of soccer to win ESPY

June 12, 2006
A group of Afghan female athletes who are spreading the sport of soccer to their fellow countrywomen will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2006 ESPYs.

The girls play in organized soccer leagues in Afghanistan. The leagues formed after a handful of Afghan girls traveled to the United States in the summer of 2004 to attend soccer clinics as part of the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange. Two of girls who visited the U.S. that summer and still play soccer -- Shamila Kohestani, 18, and ...

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