Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Nearly 50 Colombian youth soccer players have spent the week in Duluth, Minn. in advance of next week's USA Cup, but they are quickly learning that the Northland has much more to offer than just soccer practice.
Several of the kids got a first-ever crack at ice skating on Friday night, that after they also biked, hiked, and kayaked their way around the area throughout much of the week.
The program, called PCT Colombia, is in its 26th year, but this is just the second time it has come to the Northland. Director Daniel Skillings says the point is to create a well-rounded experience for the kids.
"If we're going to come to Minnesota it's not just to play in a soccer tournament, because they can play in soccer tournaments where they're from," he said. "They want that international competition and everything, and that's what the USA Cup provides, but coming to Minnesota means getting to know the culture, what's there, the people, and the places that there are to see."
The group has four separate teams and will be in Duluth until Sunday, with the first games at the USA Cup set to be played next Tuesday.