U.K.-based Beyond Sport has chosen PeacePlayers International - Middle East's "Twinned Basketball Clubs" program as one of three nominees for the 2012 Beyond Sport Award in the category of "Sports for Conflict Resolution."
The winners will be announced and honored at Beyond Sport's annual summit this July, in London. Karen Doubilet, the Toronto native who is the managing director of PeacePlayers International - Middle East, will be representing the Israeli-Palestinian program at the summit.
"The program is a network of basketball clubs that brings together Palestinian and Israeli children for long-term peace education, o the kids play on mixed teams and take part in peace education activities," Doubilet told Anglo File on Thursday.
"It's a long-term program, so children have frequent interactions on both sides. We've even seen some of the kids become coaches." She added that about 500 children participate in the program, about equally divided between Israelis and Palestinians.
Doubilet added winning the prize would mean her organization would get the opportunity to tap into more resources in order to expand the program.
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