In addition to there being a gap between athletic cultures, there is a lack of understanding of said cultures
After basketball practice last Sunday, I'm watching some of my kids play a game in a local rec league. Another one of my charges is sitting next to me and goes, "So, you are from North Carolina? You went to college?" I am a basketball player. From the United States. I am much more athletic and skilled than almost everyone over here. Of course. Why yes, I did play D-1 basketball, won a national championship or two and decided to turn down the NBA for Bhutan cause I just wasn't feeling it. Oh my.