If you’re a friend of ULYP on facebook or Twitter, you will have seen our posts about our new sports campaign, Play4Peace! After a series of successful meetings with Rama Chakaki, who has been advising ULYP on our social media and networking usage, we decided to launch our first online campaign to raise funds to build a basketball court at our campus in Dibbeyeh. The court will host a new program, Together in One Basket, which will give over 1000 children access to new sports, skills and friendships every year. In addition to basketball, the court will be used for other sports such as volleyball, mixed martial arts, and as a space to develop motor skills for young children. We believe that all children have the right to play sport in safe and well-equipped recreational spaces, but for the majority of underprivileged youth in Lebanon this is not the case. We have the land, coaches, and enthusiastic teams ready, we just need the court, and can go!
We have seen the unifying power of sport through our Football for Friendship program, and we are already piloting a basketball program at the American Community School (ACS) in Beirut with the help of volunteers from the school.
The campaign has involved posting regularly on facebook, Twitter, and the ULYP blog, as well as sending publicity e-mails, and running a Just Giving campaign. We have been very successful, and to date have raised over $8510of our $20,000 target (42%!), thanks to 33 generous donors.
We consider sports to be a uniting force for young people, and this is the drive behind our campaign. Every $100 contributes 1sqm to our basketball court, and takes us one step closer to achieving our goal of a united Lebanon. So please join us, donate whatever you can, and share our message with your family and friends. Thank you