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About Ultimate Peace
Since 2009, Ultimate Peace has earned an international reputation for providing groundbreaking cross-cultural sports, education, and leadership programs in Israel and the West Bank to over 2,000 diverse youth.
Teens from disconnected Jewish and self-identified Arab and Palestinian communities have learned to play ultimate together, develop trust as teammates, slowly unlearn and discard negative narratives about one another, and become genuine (and unlikely) friends.
The structure and substance of the Ultimate Peace program is based on one fundamental principle: If young people who would never otherwise meet or interact can share positive experiences together, they will discover genuine and powerful human connection. Reduced prejudice and increased empathy are common outcomes.
Focus on sport allows for complete focus on joy of play, team bonding, and healthy competition. Divisive issues that separate humans every day in society become secondary. In essence, the Ultimate Peace approach has served as a validation of Contact Theory, founded by Gordon Allport in the 1950’s, which posits that contact between disparate groups can be transformational when all involved share common goals on a ‘level playing field’.
Our Middle East program, now renamed “Unifly”, has restarted its community-based programming, post-covid, in multiple cities and towns around Israel. Ultimate Peace, the international US-based non-profit, supports and advises the program, collaborating as always with the world-class Middle East staff.
Concurrently, we are launching our first ever U.S. based summer camp, to be held from July 1-7, 2023, in Lawrenceville New Jersey. We aim to apply lessons learned in the Middle East while adapting our practices here in the U.S. accordingly. We have our own brand of division in this country, and we want to do something about it for the next generation.
Ultimate Peace will convene “a camp that looks like America”, one that expands the dimensions of participant diversity to address the unique dynamics of our own backyard. After a decade of service provision in this space, we are amply equipped to bring together US youth who would never otherwise meet or interact, for the purpose of fostering connection, developing teamwork, building community, and having a blast on and off the field! Serious ultimate, serious fun.
In alignment with our reputation in the Middle East, we intend to be known for embracing the whole person, for creating a community in which everyone matters, for being much more than a sports camp.