NBA players bring basketball, fun to Seeds of Peace campers | PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
As conflict continues in the Middle East, the players and campers from conflict zones learn from each other.
OTISFIELD — Having fun. It’s what kids should be doing.
A group of NBA players made sure that happened Friday when they visited the Seeds of Peace camp, a program that brings together young people from conflict zones to meet their historic enemies and form relationships they can carry back to their countries in the hope of finding peaceful solutions.
It’s hard work to ask of anyone, much less teenagers, and the 12th annual Play for Peace program provided a welcome respite.
Ori, a camper from Israel who plays basketball at home, loved the visit from NBA players that included Boston Celtics rookie Marcus Smart.
“I was able to leave behind what’s happening in my country and have fun,” Ori said.
The campers weren’t the only ones enjoying themselves.
His shirt soaked, beads of sweat on his forehead, Smart was asked if he had dumped water on himself.
“Nope, they made me work hard,” he said with a smile. “I haven’t had this much fun in a long time.”