“The Friendship Games” were established as a basketball tournament in Israel with the participation of Israeli Jews and Arabs, and other countries of conflict in order to build friendship, and understanding between Students. The first friendship games were held in 2006 with 8 teams taking part. Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of this very important project. The tournament has proved itself to contribute to the co-existence between different religions, countries and people.
During the tournament the athletes will share many hours socializing and touring the places holy to the three main religions of the area. This have brought about and will continue to bring about a true feeing of friendship and brotherhood between the Athletes, no matter what their background or beliefs are.
The project accurately reflects the spirit of the athletes in the sport professionally and socially and that spirit can be used as a tool for developing and promoting peace in the world.
Every year we witness the magnetism of sports and the friendship games in particular, bringing together students of different Nations, cultural backgrounds who get to know each other on a personal level and build a strong foundation of friendship and comradery.
We believe that the values are passed on to every athlete from the moment they take their first steps in the world of sports, such as: fair play, being a team player, persistence, determination and more are important qualities which can be used as building blocks to help build relationships, common understandings and friendships.
Next year “The Friendship Games”, will be held in Eilat, Israel with the cooperation of ASA – Academic Sport Association Israel and Tel Aviv University Sports Club and under the patronage of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) and the International University Sports Federation (FISU) are inviting you to the 2014 edition of the Friendship Games.
The tournament will include the basketball competition – men’s and women’s teams, street basket 3 x 3 mixed team tournament, cultural and many other interesting events.
Under the slogan 7 Days to Experience, a Lifetime to Remember, the tournament holds its promise for a truly remarkable event as can be seen in the video from last years’ tournament https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qb-APdpbVM