Building Bridges 2007

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Building Bridges 2007

  1. 1. Using the game of basketball to unite and educate children and their communities Building Bridges Camp August 25th - 27th, 2007 Wingate Institute Netanya, Israel PRESENTS Sponsored by:
  2. 2. 80 Palestinian and Israeli Youth Gather <ul><li>adidas gear distributed </li></ul><ul><li>Camp opening remarks are made </li></ul><ul><li>Children ready for action! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Welcoming our Special Guests <ul><li>RC Buford – General Manager of the NBA World Champion San Antonio Spurs </li></ul><ul><li>Chad Ford, Senior Writer, ESPN.com </li></ul>
  4. 4. Everybody Stretch! (just don’t fall over)
  5. 5. Stations (including passing, shooting, defense, rebounding, dribbling, and more) We always “bring it in” at the end of a drill or station (building team unity)
  6. 6. Coach Buford Speaks on Teamwork <ul><li>Camp wide lecture given after lunch </li></ul><ul><li>Translated by Palestinian and Israeli coaches </li></ul>
  7. 7. Morning and Afternoon Games <ul><li>Games played on indoor and outdoor courts </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated teams with youth from different communities and cultural backgrounds playing together </li></ul>
  8. 8. “ You never remember your record from camp” - Coach RC Buford (don’t tell these children that) “ It was beautiful, and there were good players and coaches, and was beautiful work to become in the future good players - Rabea, age 13
  9. 9. Off to a Great Start…. <ul><li>“ During these two days, the children found a common language, and connected with the other kids from different backgrounds. The camp was interesting, well organized, and fun! In my opinion the camp gave me and the youth motivation to continue to work together for a shared future and for our coexistence.” </li></ul><ul><li>--- Mohammad Esa </li></ul><ul><li>Minister of Sport, Abu Gosh and PeacePlayers, Program Manager </li></ul>
  10. 10. Thank you, adidas! “ I like to play basketball....I love all the coaches....I become very happy....and I thank God” - Orwah, Beit Safafa age 12

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