The Peace Team, an under 12 team made up of 9 Palestinian players and 9 Israeli players, will join 50 other International teams and be a part of the tournament once again states Executive Director Gordon Jago. After having the Peace Team with us last year and seeing the result of the venture prove to be so positive, we started to search for sponsorships immediately upon the completion of the 2004 tournament to make the teams return possible in 2005. We have been very fortunate to recently receive a firm commitment of $15,000 from an individual in Houston to assist with the expense of bringing the team from Tel Aviv. We are also currently in discussion with a local Dallas businessman regarding a commitment for an additional $10,000 which will provide further assistance in reaching our final goal of being able to fund the entire cost of the trip continues Jago.
The team, which represents the organization of former Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Laureate Shimon Peres, will have the players take part in the Dallas Cup HomeStay Program. This program provides the opportunity for the players to experience a wonderful cultural exchange by staying with the families of local Dallas teams for the 10 day period. The Dallas teams also participate in the tournament. Our players took part in the HomeStay Program last year and when it came time to leave for the return trip to Tel Aviv there were so many tears from the host family members and our boys it took my breath away says team delegation leader Alon Beer. We are very much looking forward to this years event and new experiences with different host families.
For further information on the Peace Team and the Dallas Cup Diversity Partnership Programs, contact Gordon Jago by email at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone at 214.221.3636