Day 2 - Speaker #11CROATIA
The ninth presentation was given Jelena Borosak-Marijanovic and was entitled Sokol Flags: The Symbols of the Croatian Sokol Movement up to 1914.
One of the earliest modern educational movements for scouting and physical fitness originated with the Czech Nation in the early 1860s. In the modern age, this effort to recruit youth with mental and physical challenges allowed communities to build foundations for political causes. Eventually the Sokol movement evolved into pan-Slav movement.
In a similar vein, in the United States of America - youth are indoctrinated with sports as a fundamental aspect of nationality and critical component of national pride. At the moment, men's football is the alpha-golden chalice of optimus prime vocations.
Jalena - her slide that reads
'The First Croation Pan-Sokol "slet" in Zagreb, Croatia (1906)'
The association with Croatian national pride and gymnastics was not an outspoken motivation of the Sokol Movement, however the marriage of sport and national or civic pride is an ancient theme that goes back to ancient Greece.