South Florida Event Will Combine Sports with Lessons in Tolerance

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Second “STEP” for Daniel remembers local teen killed in terrorist attack and promotes education to fight hatred. Sunday, November 18th, 8:00am – 1:00pm, West Broward YMCA Family Center, 20201 Saddle Club Road, Weston, FL 33327

Daniel’s life was stolen by a radical ideology that promotes violence against those with different values.

This Sunday, hundreds of local residents will join together at the West Broward YMCA Family Center to “Stand Together and Educate for Peace” (STEP) in memory of Daniel Wultz, a 16-year old Weston resident killed in a terrorist attack during a family visit to Israel in 2006.

Last year’s “First STEP for Daniel” drew nearly a thousand people to the Weston YMCA to remember Daniel through sports and education activities designed to promote tolerance and encourage acts of kindness. The event was covered widely in the local media and raised $30,000 to help launch the Daniel Cantor Wultz Foundation as a vehicle for teaching youngsters and adults to stand up against the kind of hatred and intolerance that stole Daniel’s life.

Daniel’s parents, Weston residents Sheryl and Tuly Wultz, created the foundation after Daniel’s death in order to allow their son’s love for humanity and passion for learning, service, and sports to continue touching the lives of people throughout the world. During his nearly month-long struggle to survive after the terrorist attack on a Tel Aviv restaurant where Daniel and his father were having lunch, many thousands of people across the globe reached out to offer prayers and support for Daniel and his family.

The monies raised at last year’s event helped the Foundation deliver educational programs to thousands of people and create an extensive high school curriculum, “Fighting Hatred,” which will be piloted in local South Florida schools in the coming months.

“All of us must actively work to create a world of tolerance and acceptance,” said Tuly Wultz. “Daniel’s life was stolen by a radical ideology that promotes violence against those with different values.”

Sheryl Wultz, an attorney and community activist, said the goal of the Foundation is to help young people become “upstanders.”

“Many people don’t realize that stopping acts of violence and terror is everyone’s responsibility. Here at home and across the globe, we see countless examples of extremists who prey on apathy to rob us of the values and people we love,” said Sheryl Wultz. “Fighting hatred begins with understanding the root causes of extremism and helping youngsters learn where intolerance can lead and what all of us must do to prevent it.”

The event at the YMCA, located at 20201 Saddle Club Road, Weston, FL 33327, will include a walk/run, opening ceremony, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, basketball shooting contest, kickball game, Spin-a-Thon, art workshop, music workshop, bounce house, giant slide, silent auction, raffle, food, entertainment and educational activities throughout. The event runs this Sunday, November 18th from 8:00am until 1:00pm.

Advance online registration is available at http://dcwfoundation.kintera.org. To learn more about the Daniel Cantor Wultz Foundation, visit http://www.dcwfoundation.org .

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