Is there evidence of successful communist sporting leagues or organizations which developed through sport to positively impact members and surrounding communities?

Communism in America is a tale filled with fear-mongering and government attempts to discourage its ideology. Historically, America has represented the antithesis of communism: a flourishing democracy, hailing a triumphant capitalistic economy with private ownership, whose citizens recognize the evils of the rule of the proletariat. However, Gabe Logan’s C’mon You Reds presents a new narrative of communism in America. Worker’s Soccer Leagues, or communist soccer leagues, organized soccer games for recreational play at low costs and in doing so made notable contributions to the surrounding community in the name of communism. This project aims to rediscover communism in America through sports and re-structure the narrative of American communism to reflect the positive contributions made. 

TIMELINE JS, – Changing the Narrative of American Communism

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At the beginning of my research, I had a quite love of hockey as a whole. During my childhood I would go to semi-professional hockey games in South Carolina with my dad and I grew to love the sport. Growing up, I fell out of love for hockey but still found it to be quiet and interesting sport. I never knew until I was older that this sport was was originally a Canadian sport. The sport itself began in the late 1800’s at a small university in Canada called McGill university. This sport on a massive frozen lake with some skates and a few wooden sticks would grow into one of the largest and nationally played sports in the world. Hockey itself had some origination with some indigenous peoples but seem to be lost to the ages until it became mainstream in Canada after its “founding”. Hockey was played originally outside in open sheets of ice to the more famous stadiums we now know today. Hockey in Canada was able to unite the country as leagues and clubs were popping up all over the place, inspiring everyone of all ages to want to play. Hockey itself seem to become the everyman’s sport as the whole country seemed to play. My research led to me to see how Canada was able to dominate across the board in both the NHL and the Olympics other the years and even having their own version of the Miracle on Ice when they defeated the Soviets. Of course my research also led me to how COVID affected Canadian sports, much like it did the rest of the world. From merger means at small Canadian university, hockey in Canada and the world was able to bring both me and women into this game and show they both can dominate equally. The topic of Canadian hockey, gives us a few of not just how a sport grew into a world wide game, but how it became a part of national identity and sport that brought everyone together, with no gender or social barriers. We get to see how two world wars, the cold war, and even a global pandemic brought a nation together to play the sport they love and distract them from the things outside of their control. Today hockey is played every winter Olympics, expanded to two American cities, and has countless video games and a growing fan base every year. With both men and woman’s hockey growing the sky is the limit for both the sport and the country who helped found it and bring it into the world

A History of Canadian Hockey

A Flag of Tendons: Hockey and Canadian History.” In Hockey: Challenging Canada’s Game

Re-Imagining the Creation: Popular Mythology, the Mi’kmaq, and the Origins of Canadian Hockey.” In Hockey: Challenging Canada’s Game

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“Ice Hockey in Canada.” The Canadian Encyclopedia. Accessed December 2, 2020. https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/ice-hockey.

“History of Hockey Canada.” The Official Website of Hockey Canada. Accessed December 2, 2020. https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/corporate/history.

“POE.” The Official Website of Hockey Canada. Accessed December 2, 2020. https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/team-canada/poe.

For my digital project, I have looked at the impacts that Fidel Castro had on Cuban baseball. This video looks at how Castro not only changed the view of baseball in Cuba but also how he transformed it. He created a new national identity around baseball unifying Cubans through the game. The video also looks at how Castro used baseball as a political force to display superiority over democracy and the United States. Castro used baseball to create a national identity and to promote his political ideologies.  

I chose the video format because I thought it would work best for my presentation and I wanted to try something new! As I began to edit, I realized that creating a video was much harder than I first thought. The reason is that time is limited and everything takes up time. Therefore, it was challenging at the beginning to create a cohesive order of videos that convey my argument in only five minutes. However, with many hours in front of my computer editing, I am confident that my video is able to surmise years of history and impacts from Castro in a matter of minutes. 

I hope you enjoy it!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gIcMFE4ZuzYCjeer3B3DP_5BtXqH63bk/view?usp=sharing