A Note To Our Supporters:
The recent brutal and catastrophic Israeli attack on Gaza has left thousands dead and wounded and the civilian infrastructure shattered. Along with all facets of normal life, the Rachel Corrie Football Tournament could not take place during Ramadan and had to be postponed. Now our good friends in Gaza are hastening to conduct the tournament while the tenuous ceasefire holds. Lets help them make this years tournament the best so far; a strong community event that brings some normality, stress relief, and fun to the people – an expression of sumud – “steadfastness” in a time of siege and occupation.
7th Annual Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football Tournament
Our Goal: $13,000. Click Donate Now! (And select “2014 Gaza Ramadan Football Tournament”.)
Ramadan Kareem, Eid Mubarak!
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:
September 14 – 25
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”.
December 3 (International Disability Day)
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 tournament will also remember those lost in the recent Israeli attack, and exemplifies the endurance of the Palestinian people in the face of the ongoing Israeli occupation and siege. The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice is extremely pleased to be supporting these combined events under one tournament banner. Learn more about the tournament using the above links.
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
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, and 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.
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
Among the over 2,000 killed in the Israeli bombardment of Gaza was Tamer Adel Al Aydy, a member of the logistics crew of the Rachel Corrie Tournament. In the spirit of the tournament, Tamer’s duties will be taken up by his brother, Tareq Adel Ibraim Al Aydy. Tamer was well liked amongst the organizers and known as a great sports enthusiast. His presence and energy will be very much missed.