Ball'N The Golden Rule Way
Ball'N The Golden Rule Way
As a way of marking the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April, DUNK Grassroots will host and play a game dubbed: Ball'N The Golden Rule Way.
Childhood is defined very differently in Ghana, Africa. Children grow out of their childhood very quickly and some will never have the chance of experiencing childhood. Whether they live on the streets or they have to work to support their families, children have little time to rest, play or learn. DUNK, which stands for Developing Unity Nurturing Knowledge, gives the children from Nima and Jamestown, two of the most deprived communities, an opportunity to play, learn and grow in a safe and healthy environment using sports as a hook. Being the premier organisation (NGO) in Ghana that works with kids 8 to19 years old, we believe every child has the right to play. Basketball is a life skill sport and DUNK Grassroots uses the sport to teach these core values: self-esteem, teamwork, commitment and perseverance, respect, leadership. And a key virtue of a good leader is the ability to promote and maintain peace.
So being a DUNKer today means you are a leader tomorrow and you should be committed to the course of peace. DUNK’s definition of peace is founded on the pillar of the 3 H’s: humility, honesty and the hunger for peace.
The theme for marking the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April is Ball’N The ‘Golden Rule’ Way! Quoting from the Bible, Mathew 7:12 says "All things, therefore that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them" - NWT. This quotation is acclaimed to be the "golden rule" of life. These will be the ethics of the game:
- There will be two teams. Each team is a mix of U-12/14, U-16 boys and girls
- There will be no referee for the game
- Once a player commits an offence on the court, he/she should be honest and raise a white card to signal her colleagues/opponents that he/she has erred
- Any of the players (team player/opposition player) can also call for an offensive play and the player at fault does not need to protest
We believe that playing a game like this will send a message out to the world that when we understand each other, seek the welfare of others and do not take advantage of the weak, we can be peacemakers.
Echoing the words of Nelson Mandela, we believe “sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”
DUNK Grassroots wishes to welcome volunteers, sponsors or partners and spectators to make the event a reality.
[This article has been edited by the Operating Team.]