Reunited by the Game

PPI-CY fellow Ashley Johnson (far left with the ball) and her college teammates on the court

PPI-CY fellow Ashley Johnson (far left with the ball) and her college teammates on the court

On a court some 6,000 miles from the court where we spent hours upon hours and year after year developing our game, we reunited. Once again the game had brought us together. This past week I’ve had the honor of hosting two of my basketball teammates from Colorado College here in Cyprus. Years ago we were student-athletes at Colorado College where we played for the division III women’s basketball team. We each came from different backgrounds, but were united by a deep bond, our common passion for the game of basketball. This passion for the game united us as teammates, and our experiences as teammates united us as a family.

Ashley Johnson coaching in Kyrenia with former teammate Cody Smith

Ashley Johnson coaching in Kyrenia with former teammate Cody Smith

The years we spent together on the court were such formative years of our lives. This is when we developed our characters and the values that shape who we are today. Since our time together in college the three of us have gone on to live on 5 different continents and the once constant communication between us became messages on birthdays or holidays, but the bond remained.

This week we stepped on the court once again, but this time, in Cyprus where we coached my PeacePlayers teams together. The lessons that I learned on the court with my teammates, back in Colorado, are what brought me here to PeacePlayers. I am reminded once again of the power of the game we play to develop deep meaningful friendships and bonds that hold strong despite increasing time and distance. Their presence gave me hope for the future of PeacePlayers. I hope that one day, in the distant future, my participants too can reunite off the court with teammates and that those bonds forged playing the game together will withstand the test of time.   Spending time with my teammates Cody and Megan this past week proved to me that this can be a reality.

Fellow Ashley Johnson with former teammate Megan McCallister coaching PeacePlayers practice in Kyrenia

Fellow Ashley Johnson with former teammate Megan McCallister coaching PeacePlayers practice in Kyrenia

 

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