PeacePlayers – Middle East promotes social change through sport, but ups its game through creative activities that emphasize team building as well. The boys Leadership Development Program (LDP) team was given the opportunity to participate in a Stop Motion Photography workshop. Stop Motion is a technique in which individual pictures are manipulated to create the illusion of movement. To kick off the event, Mickey, the workshop leader, showed a video of his own that he created using this technique, and then got the boys started on creating their own.
After the initial presentation, the participants were split into groups, and they jumped right in, picking out props and discussing different ideas for what kind of movie they wanted to create.
Each group consisted of three people, with the roles of photographer, actor and director divided amongst them. LDP participant Laith commented, “I had so much fun creating these movies with the other members of the LDP team, and it was really cool to be able to do a different type of activity with the PeacePlayers group.”
It was incredible to see how well the boys worked together as a result of the infinite number of hours they have spent with each other playing basketball, learning about Arbinger curriculum and developing unbreakable bonds. Over the past several years these boys have not only been able to work together seamlessly but also have grown to develop life long friendships despite where they are from or what religion they practice.
Each group listened to each other’s ideas and joined them together to make entertaining and creative videos using a technique they had only just learned about moments before. This is one of many examples that demonstrates the success these kids have come to expect as long time members of PeacePlayers.