In Germany, October 3 is a day of celebration; a day people across the country come together in friendship and unity.
It marks the fall of the Berlin wall, the anniversary of reunification and the completion of a united Germany first dreamt of in the middle of the 19th century.
Laureus are proud to have been able to mark the day this year in a way that truly paid tribute to these inspiring ideas of friendship.
The Laureus Kids Camp in Berlin took place from the October 3 to 6. And not only brought young people together from Laureus sport for development projects around Germany, but also from Austria and, in a real development for the Camp, Israel/Palestine as well.
The “Kick Projekte” in Berlin organised the camp, with each project sending 10 kids and up to three supervisors to attend.
The Peres Center for Peace, which brings kids from Israeli and Palestinian backgrounds together through sport, brought two kids from Israel and two kids from Palestine.
The camp offered the young people a mixture of both culture and sport and also the chance to meet some very special Laureus sport legends.
With activities including ice skating, football, boxing and golf, there were lots of opportunities to learn from each other and experience the work of the other sport projects.
But the cultural element benefitted from the time set aside to visit Berlin, the vibrant and historic capital of Germany around which the group took sightseeing tours.
For many of the kids it was not only their first time in Berlin or Germany, but the first time they had ever flown on a plane. So, it’s no surprise feedback from the separate projects and the kids was positive.
Lisa from KICKonICE posted on Facebook: “The Camp in Berlin was a great experience. Thanks to you I had the chance to meet Axel Schulz and Boris Becker and could exchange some words with them. But participating in the Camp showed me what you do for the kids and the young people. Without your support they would never have the chance to participate in such camps. “
And a mother of one of the young people commented: “Both my kids are still talking excitedly about the weekend and the great organisation. Thanks to everyone who made the Camp possible – and please repeat it!”
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