(The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Majdi Majzoub’s age. It also misstated the name of the Palestine Youth F.C. basketball team. The Daily Star regrets these errors.
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Basketball creates new horizons for girls in ShatilaGirls arrive with schoolbags hanging off one shoulder before they're tossed to one side. Majzoub is the founder of the Real Palestine Youth F.C. basketball team, who train twice a week in the Horsh Beirut playing fields. Despite its name, the RPY team is for Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian girls, the majority of whom live in the Shatila Palestinian refugee camp, where the older the youth get, the more families rely on them to lessen the weight of financial pressures. Majzoub is the coach of a boys' football team as well as the girls' basketball team.However, not all the kids who attend training sessions follow Majzoub's rules.Aside from introducing players to a new culture, one of Majzoub's aims of taking the RPY abroad is to increase international awareness of the Palestinian cause.Currently Majzoub and David are organizing trips for teams in Rome to come to Beirut, where they will participate in matches locally and be hosted in Shatila.
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