In December 2009, PPI – ME held its annual Holiday Tournament at the Hand in Hand School in Jerusalem. The event, which brought together athletes and coaches from PPI – ME areas such as Beit Safafa, Esawiah, Katamon, Keshet School, Leyada High School and Jaffa, served to celebrate and educate youth about three major holidays that occur each winter – Eid Al-Adha, Hanukkah and Christmas.
The “Holiday Happening” was particularly special this year because it was run by members of PPI – ME’s Leadership Development Program (LDP). After decorating the gym the evening before and receiving instructions from Basketball Operations Manager Vito Gillic’, the LDP team managed the event stations, kept the clock, and handed out prizes and food. While LDP athletes all regularly volunteer as assistant coaches in their local communities, the tournament allowed them to gain additional experience planning and executing a large-scale event. The 2009 “Holiday Happening” thus represented both a stepping stone in the development of LDP, as well as a chance for youth from many different PPI – ME communities to get together and have fun!
Check out the slideshow below for a closer look at the 2009 “Holiday Happening”: