PPI-CY begins a busy holiday season following the Thanksgiving holiday. With a leadership retreat and Winter Tournament right around the corner, International Fellow, Jessica Walton reflects on what she’s thankful for this holiday season and describes what’s in store this next month before Christmas break.
“Where to begin…there are so many wonderful things to be thankful for this holiday season. Although I’m away from home the PPI-CY family is going to sit down next Monday for a belated “Friendsgiving.” It’s crazy to think it’s been about eight months since I arrived in Cyprus. I remember packing my bags in March with a million and one questions on my mind. Will the kids like me? Will I fit in? What will the people be like?
Luckily for me I have a wonderful set up here at PPI-CY! I am fortunate enough to work with some of the most kind and welcoming people around. On top of that, I’ve been coaching, playing and learning from some of the most AMAZING kids who’ve taught me so much about life and the game of basketball. Their never-ending supply of laughs and smiles has helped make my experiences at PPI-CY even more incredible than I could have ever anticipated.
Summer 2015 will certainly be going in the books as one of the best I have ever had. I really got to know our kids this summer while I coached and played at our PPI practices. I took part in my first summer camp, an exceptional experience where I met new faces and members of the PPI family. I made incredible new friends, visited three different countries, explored Cyprus and soaked up the sun at the most gorgeous Mediterranean beaches.
Keeping with the theme of things to be thankful for, this weekend PPI-CY heads to the mountains in Agros for our first leadership retreat! The excitement has been building up the past couple of weeks as this is our first big event of the season! And to top it all off, we have Sbahle with us, a special guest from PeacePlayers South Africa. Sbahle is also a representative of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and will be facilitating our classroom sessions focusing on leadership and self-identity.
The fun doesn’t end with Friendsgiving either! Following our weekend retreat we have our Winter Tournament the second weekend in December and will be hosting our first Twinning of the year. Be sure to check out our Facebook page as we update you with new photos from our upcoming events.