Wow! Organizers in Gaza worked hard to prepare a great event – and it showed! The eighth annual Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football Tournament for Young Men was well-organized, had a lot of special touches, and drew big crowds at every game. The final game was SRO and was among the top Ramadan athletic events of all Gaza.
As our long-time supporters know, friends of Rachel Corrie in Gaza have hold a community football tournament in her honor every year. 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.
Catch up on all the action and see photos from the final game at the 2015 Tournament Photos page.
Read coordinator Kareem Naser’s detailed report back on the final game, who won, who attended, what the tournament accomplished and its effect on the people of Gaza at the Tournament Report Page.
Remember: we have yet to meet out goal of $15,000 US, and the second event in the tournament is coming up in December (see below!). So please help them keep this great community event alive by visiting our Donation Page today. (Make sure to select “2015 Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football Tournament” from the drop-down menu.)
COMING UP: PART 2 !
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
The spirit of Ramadan continues in this second annual event, which will feature 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, 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 hosted by the Al Basma Club for Disabled facilities. Banners welcome the fans, first and second place team members receive awards such as a Rachel Corrie commemorative medallion, and Recognition prizes are awarded for Most Valuable Player and for Sportsmanship. Special transportation and other considerations are provided to bring disabled 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 meal.
It is noteworthy that the Rachel Corrie Sports Tournament for the Disabled is one of the very few venues in Gaza that encourage women athletics. Rachel Corrie Foundation is pleased to support the 60 women athletes expected to participate in this years’ event.
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 these top-notch event each year 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