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“Sports Give Refuge” day of athletic events

From June 10, 2022 until June 20, 2022The event will be taking place on Monday, June 20 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Casa Árabe terrace and garden (at Calle Alcalá, 62). The event will be taking place on Monday, June 20 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish and Arabic, with consecutive translation.

On Monday, June 20, Casa Árabe is celebrating Refugee Day with a women’s basketball game including players from the Palestine Youth Club at the Shatila refugee camp (Beirut). It will be taking place at our institution’s garden in Madrid.

Convinced that sports are a great way to promote cooperation and development among people affected by international conflicts, political persecution, gender, identity and ethnicity, Casa Árabe has organized the conference “Sports Give Refuge” in conjunction with Basket Beats Borders and Red Deporte with the support of Lakook Causas CEAR, to mark World Refugee Day in Madrid on June 20.

The event will begin on the institution’s terrace at 7:00 p.m., with words of welcome by Casa Árabe’s General Director, Irene Lozano, and speeches by the representative of Red Deporte y Cooperación, Carlos Beltrán, the co-founder of Basket Beats Borders, David Ruggini, and the Palestine Youth Club team’s coach, as well as the co-founder of the project, Majdi Majzoub.

After this introduction, we will hold a dialogue with the people responsible for Basket Beats Borders and three of the players on the Palestine Youth Club team who live inside the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, to highlight their reality as female athletes and refugees, both on the court and in Lebanon, along with their experiences as women involved in Shatila’s community center.

As of 8:00 p.m., the games will begin, with Casa Árabe’s gardens hosting a friendly 3x3 Street Basketball tournament between the players of the Palestine Youth Club and several guest basketball teams and collaborating entities (Movistar Estudiantes, Fuencarral Vets, Basket Ladies, Red Deporte, Achime and Casa Árabe) to show how we can take basketball anywhere to break down borders.

We will also be sharing space with other members of the NGO Red Deporte to draw attention to the importance of making sports visible for fostering development projects and alliances between smaller associations so that they can spread and thrive.

The main goal is for all of the players taking part to share experiences and demonstrate together that sports are a universal language that can unite cultures and realities, thus becoming a way to promote community development.

Basket Beats Borders
Basket Beats Borders is an athletic social project created between Beirut and Rome in 2016 to support the activities of a women’s youth basketball team made up of migrant players, including Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese refugees living in and around the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut. The project’s purpose is to give the girls in the Palestine Youth Club the chance to travel and cross borders. This time around, the team will be arriving in Madrid on June 16 to take part in several athletic, cultural and social gatherings.

Red Deporte y Cooperación is a non-governmental organization founded in Zambia in 1999. Its main task is to improve the living conditions of vulnerable girls, boys and youths in Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. For more than 22 years, it has carried out more than 100 projects in over 20 countries, helping at least 160,000 girls, boys and young people through sports. It works to promote education, health and integration using sports as a fundamental tool to support the development of children and young people suffering from poverty and discrimination. It understands sports as an activity for recreation, motor skills and athletics in all their forms, playing an important role in education while promoting development in the communities where sports are played.