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A unique program for youth with and without disabilities of Palestinian and Israeli sport schools sharing competition and fun on the basketball court with wheelchairs and sports

A unique program for youth with and without disabilities of Palestinian and Israeli sport schools sharing competition and fun on the basketball court with wheelchairs and sports

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  • 1. Twin baskets; Twin Sport Schools Crossing National and Functional Boundaries Zinman College @ Wingate Institute and Israel Sport Center for the Disabled Inbal Ben Ezer; Tami Hay Peres Center for Peace in the Middle East Yeshayahu Hutzler PhD Supported by the Fund for Demonstration Projects @ Division for service development of the Israel National Insurance Institute
  • 2. Vision
    • Set up a youth network of twin-teams training and competing in Reverse inclusive Wheelchair Twin- basketball,
    • Outcomes expected to increase Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities and
    • Enhance a favorable attitude to overcome Borders and Political barriers
  • 3. Preliminary Program
    • Developed by Israel Sport Center for the Disabled (ISCD)
    • Established in Rishon Lezion Sport Center for the Disabled and
    • Assisted by Peres Center for Peace in the Middle East
  • 4. Strategy
    • Leverage of the double function of sport
    • (a) empowering the underserved an disadvantaged; and
    • (b) sharing a perception of unity and identity within the sport framework
  • 5. Socio-cultural Context The Peres Center for Peace has lunched several years ago a project of twin Palestinian – Israeli sport schools concentrated in soccer and other popular activities
  • 6. 10 th of May
    • First joint activity of twin-sport schools on Palestinian side of the project “Twinned Peace Sport Schools”
    • Crossing borders and barriers in Palestinian home court in Beit Jalla
  • 7. Children with disability
    • Are more likely to be socially isolated than able-bodied peers (ABP);
    • Spend more time under 1 X 1 treatment conditions rather than social play compared to ABP;
    • Exhibit reduced physical fitness than ABP
    • Underprivileged; underserved
  • 8. Wheelchair basketball
    • A popular game among populations with and without disabilities
    • Requires high levels of coordination; skill learning; muscular strength and agility
  • 9. A Competitive game that teaches social skills
  • 10. Mutual respect
  • 11. Developing Skill > Self-Efficacy > Athlete Identity
  • 12. Group Cohesion > Crossing Political and Cultural Boundaries
  • 13. and Decisiveness
  • 14. Contributors
    • Primary granting authorities are the Fund for Demonstration Projects @ Division for service development of the Israel National Insurance Institute enabling the Sal-Gal (Twin Basketball) operation within Israel
    • The Peres Center for Peace in the Middle East granting the twin sport school operation and the equipment (sport whhelchairs) of the Beit Jalla Team
    • Israel Sport Center for the Disabled
    • for setting up the teams, coach fee, Basketball wheelchairs for participants with and without disability are required
    • Lifegate, a Palestinian charity of Beit Jala
  • 15. Project Development
    • Project developed by ISCD to unite children with and without disabilities within a wheelchair basketball environment starting at 2006
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  • 16. Recruitment
    • On 1st Feb 2010, about 25 children and adolescents aged 14 – 18 from Beit Jala, Palestine and  Rishon Lezion , Israel met at the court of the Israeli team for a joint activity of twin wheelchair basketball
    • On May 10 th the first encounter hosted in Palestinian authority took place.  
  • 17. Demonstration events
  • 18. Classification principle
    • Players are classified into each of four performance categories based on both skill and function .
    • 1-point : players who are not able to reach the regular junior height basket;
    • 2 points : players who have limited function and skill;
    • 3 points : for players who have good function but limited skill or limited function and good skill;
    • 4 points : stand for players who have moderate to good skill and good function .
    • 14 points are allowed on court during the game time .
  • 19. Rule book
    • Generally the rules of junior basketball apply with main basket height set at 2.55 meters.
    • Additional low baskets (1.20 meters height) are located at the center of the zone's base line. Shooting into the low baskets is only allowed to the 1-point players.
    • Screening 1-point players while shooting is only allowed to other 1-point players. Time limits in the zone do not apply to these players. Screening 1-point players by a higher category results in a 2-minute discharge penalty.
    • Offensive players are required to cross the midline within 24 seconds .
    • Only personal defense is permitted – from the midline.
  • 20. The twin-basket principle
    • The lower basket is added below
    • and behind the regular basket
    Only 1-point defense players are allowed to screen offense 1-point players
  • 21. Coach Education Topics of a 2-day seminar included: (a) how to match a wheelchair to a player, (b) athlete-wheelchair interface; (c) the classification system; (d) basic wheelchair skills e.g., maneuvering the wheelchair, dribbling, passing the ball, and shooting to the basket (e) game rules.
  • 22. Peace Games
    • Activities followed one after the other and included
    • Wheeling and stopping to handshake with a partner,
    • Passing in groups,
    • Passing and wheeling,
    • Shooting to baskets at different heights,
    • Touch-down games a lead-up activity toward wheelchair basketball.
  • 23. Mini Dictionaries עַאתִינִי תן לי עַאתִינִי תן לי כוּרְסִי כיסא כוּרְסִי כיסא קוּרַאת סָאלֵה כדורסל קוּרַאת סָאלֵה כדורסל טַאבֵה כדור טַאבֵה כדור סָלַאם שלום סָלַאם שלום ערבית בעברית עברית ערבית בעברית עברית تنلي اعطيني تنلي اعطيني كيسيه كرسي كيسيه كرسي كادور طابة كادور طابة كادور سال كرة سلة كادور سال كرة سلة شلوم سلام شلوم سلام Hebrew in Arabic Arabic Hebrew in Arabic Arabic
  • 24. Mutual respect; commitment
  • 25. Participants’ Statements
    • In Sports I am the best, my skills are always improving.
    • In the beginning of this program, I thought that the Jewish kids are going to hit us .
    • Now I know they are my brothers and sisters and we have normal relationship.
    • I have three Israeli friends, but I forgot to take there numbers...
    • I think that playing together is good, because we play as a team not as Arabs and Jews
  • 26. And another one!
    • I started playing with the program since the beginning.
    • I did not know anything about Israelis from before, but now I know that they love sports just like me.
    • I have an Israeli friend his name is Noam. I think it is good to have friends.
    • I want to talk to Noam but I donot have his number [yet].
  • 27. Parents’ headings: Physical
    • I am overwhelmed with the way he propels the wheelchair with two arms (Mother of a child w. hemiplegia)
    • The program has improved his movement-confidence; he fell and understood that this is not a big deal; his movements are better organized; he improved physically and emotionally
  • 28. Thank you !!! A Palestinian team is now established in Beit Jala, engaged in training and monthly meetings with one of the Israeli teams. Hopefully next year a Mediterranean tournament