The United Sherpa Association Inc. (Sherpa Kyidug) strongly believes in the roles and responsibilities of youth for the overall future of the community. We have been organizing training sessions and various sports events for youths in New York since 1998.
Our main objective of the Annual Sports event is to bring youth together and encourage them in various sports and boost their hidden talents. We recognize that sports and other youth related events are effective programs to motivate and encourage the younger generation to participate in community activities, creating an opportune environment to learn about our unique cultural heritage.
The sport events have been expanding into different groups and games. Currently, there are separate teams for United Sherpa Football Club (USFC), United Sherpa Women Soccer (USWS), United Golf Team, Volleyball, and Basketball teams. The United Sherpa Association Inc. coordinates all the sports teams and events . However, separate management teams have been formed to organize training sessions, tournaments, and other events independently.
United Volleyball Team
The sports event was conceptualized as a potluck picnic in New York in 1998. Volleyball was the first game organized by the association. Since then the Association has been organizing volleyball tournaments among different community groups and clubs. The annual volleyball tournament is one of the major sport events among the Nepali communities in USA particularly in the east coast with attractive prizes and medals.
United Sherpa Football Club
The United Sherpa Football Club (USFC) was established by Mr. Chhiring Namgyal Sherpa and Mr. Sangbo Sherpa in New York in 2012 with a mission “to unite the Himalayan communities, and build strength and friendship among them”. Its motto is “Unity, Strength, and Friendship for the community”.
The club has more than 100 players ages ranging from 5 to 16, and is open to all Himalayan communities. USFC is affiliated with the United Sherpa Association but is independently managed by volunteers and professionals. Apart from training sessions and practices on Friday evenings, and Sunday mornings, USFC also participates in leagues and tournaments. The club’s participation in the Metrokids IRSL league in Fall 2016 has achieved remarkable results. Our U9, U13, and U15 were second, third, and fourth respectively in their categories. The club also participated in Queens Soccer Foundation indoor league 2017. Our U12 team was the champion of the indoor league 2017. The club has made huge achievements within a short period of time, and credit goes to the coaches, volunteers, players, parents and the management team.
The club is participating in Metrokids IRSL spring league 2017 in 5 different categories (U7, U9, U11, U13, and U15). USFC is also looking for other competitive leagues to participate and hope for continued support from the community to achieve more successes in the future.
The Association included Soccer in its Annual Sports event since 2007, in response to the increasing number of Sherpa youth interested in the soccer game. Many clubs within the Sherpa community and teams from Bhutanese, Tibetan and other communities also have been participating in the Soccer tournaments.
United Sherpa Golf Club
The United Sherpa Association has been participating and organizing golf tournament since 2007. The association has organized the Tibet Open, Himalayan Golf, Bhutanese Golf, ANA Golf and Gimin Golf tournaments so far.
United Basketball Team
The Association included Basketball in its Annual Sports event in 2013. Many teams from different communities in New York and surrounding states have been participating in the basketball tournament. The Association has also participated in different basketball tournaments organized by other communities, associations, and clubs.
A dedicated team of professionals and volunteers under the coordination of the executive committee has been conducting the training sessions and organizing events and tournaments every year.
The sub-committee organizes indoor training sessions in the winter and during summer they have been playing in public parks.
United Sherpa Women Soccer Group
United Sherpa Women Soccer Group was formed in late 2016. Within the short period of time, in addition to their involvement in sports, the group has participated in many community activities. The group encourages and unites Sherpa women and youths, and has participated in friendly games organized by United Sherpa Association Inc. since 2016.