Welcome to the 9th Annual Rachel Corrie Ramadan Tournament Fundraiser!
June 15 – July 1
Ramadan is just around the corner and as our long-time supporters know, that means organizers in Gaza are gearing up for The Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football Tournament for Young Men.
This tournament is more than just community entertainment; it’s an expression of the stead-fastness of the Palestinian people: a dynamic act of resistance through the insistence on normal life, despite occupation.
Last year’s Football Tournament earned high praise from NGOs, civic officials and official sports clubs, and won a place in the hearts of the dedicated sports fans of Gaza who still talk about it as “The best Ramadan tournament in all Gaza”. Read more about it here [hyperlink in new window].
Organizers in Gaza are now working to make this year’s tournament even better: 32 teams are being selected, and 320 players are training hard with their eyes on the hosting city of Rafah, and the Rachel Corrie Tournament cup.
Our Goal for 2016 Men’s Tournament: $11,000
Your donation to Rachel Corrie Gaza Sport Initiatives not only helps provide the basics, such as stadium rental, supplies and preparations, new footballs, and other necessities, it also covers extras that make this tournament a memorable one for athletes and fans. The final matches are a big event in Rafah. Banners welcome the fans, team members receive Rachel Corrie commemorative medallions, and sport totes with new shoes and jerseys. Tecognition prizes are awarded for the Most Valuable Player, Top Scorer and Defender, and for Sportsmanship. After the big finale, organizers and special guests commune over a traditional delicious meal to celebrate a job well done.
Your support is vital!
Projects of this nature are vital to the health of Gaza communities that continue to live under extreme duress.
We know you will agree that what our organizers in Gaza have done in putting together these top-notch events each year (our Rachel Corrie Football Tournament during Ramadan, and the Rachel Corrie Sports Tournament for Athletes with Disabilities [as hyperlink] ) in December, is nothing short of amazing. Help them continue to enrich the community and sustain their resistance to occupation by heading to our Donation Page today. (Make sure to select “Gaza Sports Initiative” from the drop-down menu.)
Or: make your check out to “Rachel Corrie Foundation” with the notation of “2015 Ramadan Football Tournament” and send to:
The Rachel Corrie Foundation
for Peace & Justice
203 East Fourth Ave., Suite 402
Olympia, WA 98501
Thank you for your kind consideration and support.
John Harvey, Maryam Moarefvand, Andrew Ford Lyons
Tournament Coordination, US/UK