September marks a new season for PeacePlayers International – Middle East. The month has passed and we’re off to a strong start. PeacePlayers teams have started their practices and are eagerly waiting to start the joint activities, Twinnings, with their partner communities. This year will be packed with retreats, Twinnings, cool new projects, and All-Star games. We are excited to share all of this progress!
Already we have had two great retreats: one for the Leadership Development Program participants (LDP) and another for one of our Jerusalem All-Star teams. Tomorrow we will have our third retreat for the Junior Leadership Development Program (LDP Jr.). This retreat will be the kickoff event for the LDP Jr. program. The youth in this program, coming from East and West Jerusalem, are the next generation of PeacePlayers youth leadership. They are in for a fun, action-packed weekend.
PeacePlayers prides itself on sustainable impact with its programming aimed at keeping participants in the program from childhood to young adulthood. PPI does this by creating programs fit for the needs of the participants. The LDP program is just that. It was created to meet the leadership potential and equip the participants with practical skills for the PeacePlayers community and for personal achievement.
The same is done on the basketball level with the All-Stars teams. After “graduating” from Twinnings, some players are ready for higher-level basketball. With the All-Stars program, a team becomes fully integrated, Palestinian Arab and Jewish, and competes in leagues. In Jerusalem, PeacePlayers-ME has three All Star teams and one in the North with players from Nahariya/Tamra. This year, PPI-ME started a new All Star team in Tamra/Nahariya for the 12-14 age group. We wish all of our All Star teams great success as they compete with unaffiliated teams in the Israel Basketball Association youth league!