Teammates in Faith

March 10, 2008

Author: Kevin Graham

Source: St. Petersburg Times

Religion joined sports this weekend to bring hundreds of Muslim athletes to Hillsborough County for team competitions.

The 6th Annual Myathlon, presented by the Muslim American Society of Tampa, took place Saturday and Sunday at the University of South Florida and the Temple Terrace recreation complex. Teams participated in soccer, basketball, volleyball and flag football.

Organizer Omar Aref, 36, of Tampa said about 1,850 boys and girls - as young as 9 - participated in this year's games. Demand from teams wanting to compete had increased so much this year that Aref said he had to turn players away.

Tampa area mosques began hosting the sporting events six years ago as a way to attract local youths to teach them about Islam.

See also: Islam, Youth