Youth day sports event 2024: A celebration of unity and diversity

On Sunday, 9 June 2024, the Herzlia High Multi Purpose Hall was alive with excitement and camaraderie as Jewish and African youth gathered for a special Youth Day sports event. Spearheaded by the Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape SAJBD) in partnership with the Union of Jewish Women (UJW), Maccabi Western Province, the South African Zionist Federation  Cape Council (SAZF CC), and the UJC, this intercultural event commemorated Youth Day and celebrated the spirit of the Soweto Uprising through the unifying power of sports.

Hosted at the sports facilities of Herzlia High School, the event featured thrilling netball and soccer matches that united young people from diverse backgrounds. Jewish youth, co-ordinated by Maccabi Western Province, played alongside teams from the Noluntu Soup Kitchen project in Khayelitsha, supported by the UJW. The day was filled with mixed-team matches, where Jewish youth teamed up with members of the Silverstars Netball and Friends Football Clubs, fostering a spirit of inclusiveness and mutual respect. The Noluntu Teams were treated to
a delicious lunch pack after the event to enjoy on the bus on the way home. 

The 2024 Youth Day sports event was more than just a day of games; it was a celebration of diversity, unity, and the enduring power of community spirit. Through the joy of sports, Jewish and African youth came together, building bridges of understanding and friendship that
will undoubtedly have a lasting impact.

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