Scoring goals and winning gold: AUK does it again

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AUK athletes display sportsmanship, dedication and perseverance

A photo of the AUK sports team

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 4: This year exhibited a few of the best examples of the true Wolf Pack spirit. Strength and agility were mastered by the American University of Kuwait (AUK) athletes who exuded camaraderie.

The University Athletics Association of Kuwait
While participating in the University Athletics Association of Kuwait (UAAK), the women’s soccer team won 1st place, earning gold and league medals. The women’s volleyball team placed 2nd, whereas the men’s volleyball and futsal teams placed 3rd. These impressive results are clearly reflective of the excellent sportsmanship AUK embodies on the playing field.

Mohamad Al-Saleh, senior sports coordinator, expressed his pride at this year’s UAAK results, “We are proud of having the highest number of student-athletes this year representing AUK since the start of the sports program. We look forward to continued success in the future.”

Student athlete, Melissa Aboufarraj, commented on her team winning 1st place this year, “The emotions I felt when holding the cup and celebrating with my teammates and coach was indescribable and incredible. It seemed like all our efforts had finally paid off. This was due to our fantastic coach,Ash and captain Haya Al- Dabbous, who were constantly dedicated and pushed us to contribute more. The best is yet to come, and we look forward to more team honors.”

The Higher Education Sports League Tournament
AUK sports teams also participated in the first Higher Education Sports League Tournament which was held by the Higher Education Sports Federation whereover 800 student athletes worldwide competed in 8 sports. AUK men’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams placed 2nd, whereas the women’s futsal team placed 3rd. The closing awards ceremony was attended by the Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Mohammad Al-Rajhi, the members of the Higher Education Sports Federation, and from AUK the dean of student affairs, Hala Al-Abdulrazaq; senior sports coordinator, Mohammad Al-Saleh; sports coordinator, Anas Abdullah, along with all participating universities’ representatives. “Our teams displayed exceptional sportsmanship, dedication, and perseverance. I am extremely proud of each athlete, and the supporting staff for all their accomplishments.

Moving forward, we are excited to continue to support our athletes and provide the AUK community with great experiences next season,” stated the dean of student affairs, Hala Al-Abdulrazaq. AUK annually participates in both the University Athletics Association of Kuwait (UAAK), and the Higher Education and Institutions Tournament for private and public institutions.

This year, AUK hosted a total of 48 games for UAAK and 18 games for the Sports League Tournament. Winning games is not unfamiliar to AUK athletes. These high rankings and achievements are byproducts of supportive coaches and a tight-knit University community. Be it inside the classroom, off campus, or on the field, the Wolf Pack spirit always manifests in more ways than one—illustrating AUK’s positive and encouraging environment. The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is an independent, private, equal opportunity, and coeducational liberal arts institution of higher education. The educational, cultural and administrative structure, methods and standards of AUK are based on the American model of higher learning. The language of instruction is English. More information on the American University of Kuwait can be found

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