Using Ultimate as a way to bring kids from conflicting cultures together and break stereotypes and even create friendships is a beautiful thing.
San Rafael, CA (PRWEB) July 02, 2013
Camp Ultimate Peace is a summer camp held in Isreal annually. Ultimate Peace helps build bridges of understanding and friendship through the fast growing, character-building sport of Ultimate Frisbee.
In their 4th summer season, the Ultimate Peace overnight camp will host over 280 youth from 14 Arab, Jewish, and Palestinian communities in the Middle East. For two 5-day sessions, UP campers live, learn and play in a spacious, safe, and serene setting in Acco, Israel and kids get to know one another, share positive experiences, and learn new ways to interact.
Ultimate Peace was established by Dr. David Barkan, Linda Sidorsky and Dori Yaniv in the spring of 2008. The idea emanated from a trip to Israel organized by David and Dori, in which an All-Star Ultimate team known as the “Matza Balls” taught Israeli children and promoted the sport of Ultimate. While excited by the significant momentum generated in the world of Israeli Ultimate by facilitating clinics and a tournament, the Americans were dismayed by the realization that Ultimate was not being played in the neighboring Arab and Palestinian sporting communities.
Members of the team wondered what it would be like to have Arab and Israeli children sharing the joys of throwing and catching a soaring Frisbee, playing on a team cooperatively, and settling on-field disagreements collaboratively. This vision, shared by Linda (organizer of international youth Ultimate) for years, was pursued vigorously since 2006 and ultimately led to the concept of Ultimate Peace, and the event – Camp Ultimate Peace in the Middle East.
"When we found out about Ultimate Peace and their summer camp, we immediately wanted to know how we could get involved," said US Sports Camps Ultimate manager, Siera Levenson, “Using Ultimate as a way to bring kids from conflicting cultures together and break stereotypes and even create friendships is a beautiful thing. We’re grateful for the work they are doing and will continue to support their efforts.”
More information about Ultimate Peace can be found online at http://www.ultimatepeace.org.
About US Sports Camps, Inc.
US Sports Camps (USSC), headquartered in San Rafael, California, is America’s largest sports camp network and the licensed operator of Nike Sports Camps. The company has offered summer camps since 1975 with the same mission that defines it today: to shape a lifelong enjoyment of athletics through high quality sports education and skill enhancement.
Players, coaches, parents and others interested in Nike Ultimate Camps and US Sports Camps can visit the company’s website at USSportsCamps.com or phone 1-800-NIKE-CAMP.