As our long-time supporters know for the last eight years, friends of Rachel Corrie in Gaza have held a community football tournament in honor of their friend and daughter, Rachel Corrie. At the same time the tournament provides the community with a positive Ramadan event that has become a symbol of Palestinian community strength and resilience, and resistance to occupation.
Organizers in Gaza have worked hard to prepare a great event, and this ninth tournament is looking like the best ever. But they need your help!
To support their efforts and keep this great community event alive you can help by visiting our Donation Page today. (Make sure to select “2015 Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football Tournament” from the drop-down menu.)
One Tournament, Two Great Elements:
July 22 – August 11
Rachel Corrie Sports Initiative.
Now In Progress! Featuring 325 young men in 32 teams, with team names representing towns and villages from historic Palestine. Learn more and see photos from the 2014 event here.
Scenes from the 2015 Tournament opening day, featuring Mo’men Zo’rob, opening day guest sports commentator. Mo’men is the winner of a ‘Youngest Commentator in the Arab World’ competition and is working hard “to become the best commentator ever’.
Arabic page! Follow daily results, see photos, and read features about the young men’s football tournament at the Arabic website here.
2015 Rachel Corrie Sports Event For Disabled Athletes
December 1 — 3 International Day of Disabled Persons
Al Basma Club for the Disabled
in association with the
Palestine Paralympic Committee
Featuring 150 male and female athletes taking part in football, table tennis, sitting volleyball, and basketball tournaments. The event will provide a sport forum for those with disabilities such as the deaf, amputees, paraplegics and polio victims.
The chairman of Al Basma Club is Eid Shaqura. Eid told us: “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.” Read more about this tournament here:
Friends: it all depends on your generous support.
Your donation not only provides the basics for both events, such as the stadium rental, supplies and preparations, new footballs, and other necessities; it also covers extras that make this tournament special. The final match is a huge event in the community where two teams face off. For the Rachel Corrie Football Tournament this is at a community sports arena, while the disabled tournament will be hosted by the Al Basma Club for Disabled facilities. Banners welcome the fans, and local sports commentators call the play. First and second place team members receive awards such as a Rachel Corrie commemorative medal, a sports tote with a football jersey and football shoes. Recognition prizes are awarded for Most Valuable Player and for Sportsmanship. For the disabled tournament, special transportation and other considerations are provided to bring participants in from clubs all around Gaza. After the the big finale, organizers and special guests commune and celebrate a job well done with a delicious Iftar meal.
Your support is vital. Our Goal: $15,000.
The Rachel Corrie Foundation feels that projects of this nature are vital to the health of Gazan communities under extreme duress.
We know you will agree that what organizers in Gaza have done in putting together this top-notch event these last 8 years is nothing short of amazing. Help them continue to enrich the community in the spirit of Ramadan by heading to our Donation Page today. (Make sure to select “2015 Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football Tournament” from the drop-down menu.)
Or: make your check 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
Kareem Naser & Khaled Nasrallah
Tournament Organizers, Rafah, Gaza