This week Palestinian and Israeli girls of the Jerusalem All-Star league teams got together for an unique twinning with a group of special needs players in an amazing and inspiring event in Ramat Gan. The two groups participated in some exciting basketball activities to get to know one another. Initially the All-Star girls were a bit nervous to interact normally with the special needs group, as they were not exactly sure how to behave or what to expect, but as the event went on they began to relax and have a great time. Once they practiced and teamed up for a series of drills, the PPI girls and the special needs players formed mixed teams and played a few games together.
To cap off the day, all of the participants spent time mingling and eating pizza together. Following the event, Arbinger curriculum facilitators Nissreen and Renana sat with the All-Stars to discuss the day and how they felt about the experience. One thing that was very noticeable to everyone was how well the special needs team encouraged each other and really brought out the best in one another.
PPI participant and Leadership Development Program member Duha said, “I learned so much from these people. They had so much patience with each other; it was so amazing to see. One of the players was not very good, and all of her teammates encouraged her. No matter how many baskets she missed, they were still so proud of her.”
This was a key topic for the Arbinger session as everyone recognized it was something to be admired and emulated. Nissreen and Renana discussed with the players how they could learn from them and how they could do an even better job learning to support one another in basketball and more importantly throughout their lives.