Due to the ongoing assault on Gaza, the tournament has been postponed – but not cancelled! As a symbol of resistance and fulfill its commitment as a space of mental and psychological rest for the community, organizers are looking forward to starting the tournament when the Israelis stop shelling their cities. Please keep the people of Gaza in mind during this time. And do give generously to support this event.
7th Annual Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football Tournament
July 12 – August 22
Our Goal: $13,000 Click Donate Now! (And select “2014 Gaza Ramadan Football Tournament”.)
Ramadan Kareem, Friends!
Its the time of year when preparations are underway for the 2014 Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football tournament. As our long-time supporters know, friends of Rachel in Rafah, Gaza have held the tournament these past six years. The goal of this month-long, amateur event is to celebrate Ramadan by providing a festive tournament as a safe place for people to have fun. It is an act of resistance to occupation and siege; a grass-roots event that builds community and honors Rachel.
This year the tournament has two great elements:
The popular and much anticipated Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football tournament, featuring 352 men in 32 teams from all over Gaza. Each team will take the names of towns and villages in historic Palestine destroyed by Israel in 1948. As co-organizer Adnan Abu Al-Saud says, the theme is “a point of convergence between Rachel Corrie as a human rights defender and Gaza refugee’s legacy of resisting injustice”. Learn more about the tournament using the above links.
The Rachel Corrie Football / Table Tennis Tournament for Athletes with Disabilities, featuring 185 men and women participants, from 10 clubs. 75 deaf players will take to the football field to vie for this event’s first annual cup. The table tennis tournament will provide a sport forum for those with disabilities such as the deaf, amputees, paraplegics and polio victims. These great events are organized and held by the Al Basma Club for the Disabled. The chairman of Al Basma Club is Eid Shaqura. Eid says: “we are very excited at the prospect of holding this tournament for our members. These events will greatly help in expanding the participation of disabled athletes in the sport actives to guarantee their full participation in Gazan society.” The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice is extremely pleased to be supporting these combined events under our Ramadan tournament banner.
Your support is vital
To help us reach our goal of $13,000 and support this great community Ramadan event, visit our Donation Page today. (Make sure to select “Ramadan Football Tournament” for your donation.)
Make checks out to “Rachel Corrie Foundation” with the notation “2014 Ramadan Football Tournament” and send to:
The Rachel Corrie Foundation
for Peace & Justice
203 East Fourth Ave., Suite 402
Olympia, WA 98501
Thank you for your kind consideration and support.
John Harvey & Andrew Ford Lyons
Tournament Coordination, US/UK
Adnan Abu Al Sa’ud & Khaled Nasrallah
Tournament Organizers, Rafah, Gaza