Frisbee for Reconciliation

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Ultimate is a limited-contact team field sport played with a flying disc (frisbee). Points are scored by passing the disc to a teammate in the opposing end zone. From its beginnings in the American counterculture of the late 1960s, ultimate has resisted empowering any referee with rule enforcement, instead relying on the sportsmanship of players and invoking the “spirit of the game” to maintain fair play. (Wikipedia).

This sport has been introduced to Montes de Maria and is making it mark spreading through communities in Sucre and Bolivar thanks to two Ultimate fanatics, Sembrandopaz volunteer Lani Pickard and community member Jorge Armando Niño Gomez. They have flown the disc in many communities who wanted to learn, know, and experience this previously unknown sport. Lani and Jorge Armando are using it to carry a message of peace and non-violence.

This project also promotes integration and reconciliation among communities and the unity of all of Montes de María. Jorge Armando said to a group of students in the school at Pajonal ‘this project comes with the hope that you young people will get involved in community organizations and movements and that you will also spend your time in healthy activities and not get lost in drugs’. Unfortunately, in most areas recreational activities for youth are almost non-existent while drugs and alcohol abound.

Lani and Jorge Armando hope to take this to more communities and get more youth involved in this new sport.  “The idea is to organize a future tournament which would be really great,” said Lani of Sembrandopaz.

A few more photos of the process in action:
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