PPI-CY Fellow, Ryan Hage, gives an update on what is happening on the island the week before the biggest event of the year starts-Summer Camp!
It has been a crazy couple of weeks preparing for our annual Summer Camp. The biggest event of the year, it takes a lot of planning to coordinate events for 64 Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot kids for a whole week.
We will be hosting some very special guests for the week. Both Pat Garrity, former power forward for the Orlando Magic, and Evan Unrau, assistant coach at the University of Southern California, will be doing some coaching! They were both extremely gifted players and are respected coaches in their communities.
With camp coming up, we just had our last week of coaching at the Nareg School. Every Monday and Wednesday, Stefanie Nicolas, Program Coordinator, and myself had been coaching two different groups of children in the morning. From ages 12 all the way down to 4 years old, we had a blast teaching them the game we love.
One of our biggest PPI-CY helpers, Orhun Mevlit, came along with Stefanie and myself to have a PeacePlayers session with the Cyprus Friendship Program. It is an amazing program that brings around 40 Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot young adults together to learn about the history of the conflict in Cyprus. While learning about the history, they discuss how peace can be achieved through forgiveness. It was an amazing day and we are thankful to be hosted by such a fun group.
Also, we have a special guest, Tessa Ramsay, helping out PeacePlayers-Cyprus for the summer. Tessa comes from New York City and is a 10th grade English teacher with extensive basketball experience. Formerly a high school standout, she has also helped with numerous youth basketball camps and youth league teams. She is a very positive addition to the PPI-CY family for the summer and we are glad to have her!
We will check in next week to share how the first half of our summer camp is going!