In preparation for the Friendship Games, we focused on a higher level of basketball engagement during Summer Camp. For the first time, we kept week-long team scores and individual statistics, and also held shooting, dribbling, and skills challenges. Creating a more competitive atmosphere during our basketball sessions helped everyone improve upon their individual skills, as well as their teamwork during the tournament.
As always, team-building was a major focus of the camp. We had “PeacePlayers Cyprus Survivor Challenge” where teams had to compete in mini-challenges and pass through an obstacle course together as one unit. We also gave them structured free time to write each other appreciations, talk to new friends, or play football with the UNHCR kids. Camp ended as it always does, with a water balloon fight and dance party, which really emphasized the themes of togetherness and fun, which we always try to focus on.