Fellow Ryan Hage recounts some wise advice he received alongside all the PPI-CY participants at this year’s summer camp – PeacePlayers veteran coach Orhun Mevlit gave three very important keys not only to having a successful camp experience, but to leading a successful life.
Respect each other. Respect yourselves. Respect all that you encounter in your daily lives. This is a very important key to being a PeacePlayer. The first step to overcoming prejudice and differences is respecting one another. This can be achieved simply by being polite and representing PeacePlayers honorably. Respect not only pertains to the people around you, but you can respect the court you play on by taking care of it and not littering.
Participation is absolutely necessary to being a PeacePlayer. You have to get out of yourself and into the team. In basketball, and in life, it is imperative to actively participate. Being ‘too cool for school’ or choosing to sit out of an activity does not build team chemistry and create relationships. If one has the choice to sit it out or to play, PeacePlayers should play!
This is by far the most important key to being a PeacePlayer. Being the best basketball player or scoring the most points is not the goal – it is to make friends and enjoy the game with one another. Whether it’s basketball or an ice-breaker activity, having fun is what it’s all about. If everyone is having fun, then what we’re doing at PeacePlayers is working.
Learning about these three keys may seem simple, but following them can help anyone live a better, more fulfilling life. This is the foundation of what PeacePlayers is.