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US Company Promotes Sports Exchange between US, China

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Added On June 25, 2019

A U.S. company has been promoting sports training and cultural exchange opportunities for talented young individuals around the world.
 
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In a recent interview with CNC, co-founder and owner of DME Sports Academy Mike Panaggio shared his thoughts on the sports programs his academy runs.
 
SOUNDBITE(English) MIKE PANAGGIO, Co-founder and Owner of DME Sports Academy:
 
“We just plan to do a great job to deliver a meaningful education for these kids. And the education isn't just about schoolwork and learning in the books. It's about learning how to speak English language. It's about learning about other people. They get a chance to not just learn about Americans, but they get to learn about kids from all over the world. It's just a great cultural exchange.”
 
Established three years ago, the academy offers top-level athletic development training skills to both domestic and overseas young talents.
 
Panaggio expects some 60 to 75 kids to sign up for various training programs next year, with about a tenth of them from China.
 
   
 
SOUNDBITE(English) MIKE PANAGGIO, Co-founder and Owner of DME Sports Academy:
 
“Our job is to get them to college, get them at the right college and make sure they get that degree in college. And if they want to continue in the United States with additional degrees, we're all for that, and we promote them.”   
 
     
 
Panaggio first went to China in the late 1980s. Being a businessman, he instantly realized the massive potential of the Chinese market.
 
SOUNDBITE(English) MIKE PANAGGIO, Co-founder and Owner of DME Sports Academy:
 
“Well, let's face it, China is a big market. It's a powerful market. And it's really just an enjoyable cultural experience that I think benefits businessmen to go over to China as well, because there's just so much to learn. So you know, I've always just had a love for the whole Asian culture and specifically China.”
 
Despite the ongoing trade tensions between the U.S. and China, Panaggio is "quite optimistic" about the prospects of the two countries' relationship in the long run.
 
SOUNDBITE(English) MIKE PANAGGIO, Co-founder and Owner of DME Sports Academy:
 

“So I don't think there's gonna be a problem. At least we're hoping there isn't gonna be a problem. Because we think of Chinese students no different than we think of American students. People are people.”