Today’s blog is written by Cyprus Leadership Development Program participant Alim Sancar. She shares with us her experience with PeacePlayers and what opportunities she has taken advantage of over the years.
Hi! My name is Alim. I’m 17 years old and I’m in my last year of high school. I have been participating in PeacePlayers since 2008. I was introduced to PeacePlayers by my basketball coach when I was in 6th grade and I fell in love with the organisation immediately. Coach Bahar used to take us to all the activities of the organisation throughout the year, so after a while I genuinely started to enjoy being around Greek-Cypriots and having them as my friends.
After 6 years of being a part of this organisation, after meeting hundreds of Greek-Cypriots throughout the years, and having the privilege to know such great people, I realized how much I want there to be peace and unity between Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots. The language may be different but our culture is very similar and that is what helps us warm up to each other so quickly. Since I was a child, I wanted to be a part of the old Cyprus where people lived in harmony. I have many Greek-Cypriot friends that I talk to constantly and we have met a few times outside of the PeacePlayers activities which made me feel like they were truly my friends and not just people that I only see when I have to. All the summer camps and the Leadership Development camps are a blast. I feel blessed to be a part of an organisation that can introduce you to new people, enhance your socialising skills, improve your basketball game and teach you about peace and so many other things all at the same time. Also, the coaches and the special visitors of this organisation are exceptional.
My favourite thing about PeacePlayers is that there is FREE FOOD. Just kidding 😀 My favourite thing is that whenever there’s an activity, I get over-excited with joy and whenever I see my Greek-Cypriot friends for the first time after a few months I feel like I’m seeing my family again, and when we go to the summer camps or LDP camps in Agros I feel like I’m going home. The feeling of belonging somewhere, to something so great and so inspiring is my favourite thing about PeacePlayers-Cyprus. I wouldn’t change being a part of PeacePlayers for anything in the world.