Pilgrims of Ibillin has proudly supported Girls’ Sports programming through the Lutheran Diyar Consortium’s leadership training program since 2008. During 2014, Diyar Academy for Children and Youth continued its growth and expansion, with highly successful programs and activities in its sports, theater and dance, and art schools. Highlights of 2014 in the sports school included:
The Under-16 Girls Championship: The Diyar Girls Soccer Team participated in the Palestinian Football Association’s Under-16 Girls Championship from October to December 2014. It became the Palestinian champion, defeating over 12 other girl teams from different cities in the West Bank. 2014 was the second year to win this championship.
The Diyar Summer Sports Camps for Girls reached out to 115 girls in 2014, whose ages ranged between 7 to 14 years old. They came from different localities including marginalized areas such as the surrounding villages, refugee camps and area C. Activities of the summer sports camps consisted of intensive athletic training in soccer and basketball, social leadership sessions, recreational activities and a final day tournament where four other teams from the Bethlehem district were invited to engage in friendly competitive games.
Inauguration of Dar Al-Kalima Indoor Sports Hall
On March 2, the Dar al-Kalima Indoor Sports Hall was inaugurated. The 1,500 square-meter sports hall offers space to soccer, basketball and volleyball teams, as well as tennis and handball players. It is the largest indoor sports facility in the Bethlehem district and second largest in Palestine. To help launch this unique hall, the six-time Olympic medalist, Canadian speed skater Cindy Klassen took part. She also participated in a symposium entitled “Empowering Women through Sports”, held during the official opening, with several local Palestinian women sports figures and role models.
Pilgrims of Ibillin’s support goal for Diyar Girls’ Sports in 2015 is $3,000.
If you’d like your gift to Pilgrims of Ibillin to support the Diyar Girls’ Sports Program, please write “Diyar” in the designation area of your check or credit card donation. Thank you!
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