Last night, All-Stars season got officially into swing when the younger girls’ team played (and won with flying colors) their first game of the season, against a team from the town of Shoham. Through a partnership with ASA Jerusalem, one of Israel’s top women’s sports clubs, PPI – ME has enrolled three integrated Palestinian-Israeli teams in the Israel Basketball Association’s youth league this year.
Two teams – one made up of middle-aged girls and the other of high school girls – play regionally while another high school-age team competes nationally, which is the highest level of competition in Israel for that age group. PPI – ME got started in the league in 2010, launching the first ever mixed East-West Jerusalem league team, and this year’s partnership with ASA marks another move forward for us, as it further boosts are rep in the basketball world, and lets our efforts reach an even greater number of unaffiliated, and sometimes even skeptical people through high-profile league games and media coverage.
The younger girls’ team was the first to compete this year, with the other two teams starting league games next week. Their first game, which conveniently enough took place at home court, ended in an astounding victory for our girls. Stay tuned for more All-Stars news!