Coexistence Programming

For international lacrosse development, the week was an important milestone for two neighboring nations with strained relations. Through a shared passion for the game of lacrosse, the relationship could not be stronger.

In addition to playing Israel, Turkey competed in exhibitions against Jerusalem Lacrosse Club and an all-star team of players with strong NCAA experience from the United States. The Turks toured Israel and visited Yad Vashem, the Western Wall, Masada and the Dead Sea, and attended a Shabbat service and dinner with their Israeli rivals. Most importantly, they taught lacrosse to Israeli youth in Ashkelon, building bridges through their newly shared passion for the sport.

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The lights shined on the underdog as it celebrated. A feeling like no other for a young program that won its first game in history against a more established foe. It is a feeling the boys will never forget and the culmination of the work of Noah Miller and Israel Lacrosse.

Miller’s Tel Aviv/Jaffa team was elated for its first win this summer. Israel Lacrosse has about 200 kids playing in the country. Miller’s team is the only one in the city of Jaffa.

Having one team means it rarely has the opportunity to compete. Most of the competition is inter-squad scrimmages but on scarce occasion, it has the chance to play. In only its second game against Tel Aviv, it was victorious.

Not just on the field, but off it as well. Miller’s use of lacrosse has brought conflicting backgrounds of Arab and Jewish kids together. Miller’s team is a co-existence program with Jewish and Arab children playing together on the same team.

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Israel’s Noah Miller Brings Arab, Jewish Kids Together Through Lacrosse