March 24 – April 4, 2015: Atlanta and Washington DC.

A dynamic multicultural group of 20 youth leaders from the Middle East visited the USA in the Spring of 2015. Arab Israelis, Jewish Israelis, and Palestinians from the West Bank shared their experiences and insights as emerging leaders within Ultimate Peace programs and in their communities. The annual Friendship Tour offers the rare opportunity for US audiences to meet and interact with exceptional and diverse teenagers from the Middle East.

Since 2009, Ultimate Peace has built bridges of friendship, understanding, and leadership among hundreds of young Muslims, Jews, and Christians in the region, using the character-building sport of ultimate as its tool. One of the fastest growing sports in the world, ultimate prioritizes sportsmanship and requires conflict resolution, as there are no referees. Ultimate Peace’s groundbreaking program optimizes this unique dynamic.

The Friendship Tour arrived in Atlanta on Tuesday, March 24 and Washington, DC Tuesday, March 31. Teens met and spoke with Americans in homes, schools, and places of worship; they played other high school teams in the sport they love; and they visited important educational and historical sites.

Find more information on the CIT Youth Leadership page.

Some Highlights:


Thursday, March 26th
Morning – Visit and Special Luncheon at WD Mohammed Schools of Atlanta
Evening – Presentation and Panel Discussion at Emory University (Facebook Event)

Friday, March 27th
Morning – Assembly, Classroom Visits at Grady High School
Afternoon – Ultimate Practice with Grady High School Ultimate Teams

Saturday – Sunday, March 28th-29th
All Day – Juniors Terminus – Ultimate Tournament at Georgia Sports Park

Saturday, March 28th
Evening – Ultimate Peace Party at Atlanta Friends Meeting (Facebook Event)

Washington DC

Wednesday, April 1st
Evening – Presentation and Panel Discussion at Washington Hebrew Congregation (Facebook Event)

Thursday & Friday, April 2nd-3rd
Tour the Nation’s Capital and Visit Local Schools, including Bethesda Chevy Chase High School

Friday, April 3rd
Ultimate Peace Passover Seder

Saturday, April 4th
Morning – Community Ultimate Event (Facebook Event)
Evening – Tour participants return home.

For more information on the 2015 Friendship Tour:

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