The campers had been enthusiastic when told we’d be trying out a basketball teamwork exercise. But when Hamed Haddadi, the first Iranian NBA player, walked onto the basketball courts, they were absolutely ecstatic. He played games with the campers, handed out t-shirts, and posed for photos. The session provided campers with a well deserved break, and it was for many, without a doubt, the highlight of camp up until this point. And the icing on the cake? He awarded IAAB a basketball signed by the entire Memphis team.
Campers were then regrouped in the main lounge where they were introduced to a discussion on gender and sexuality, led by Sam and Rassah. The two led campers through a series of definitions, clarifying the meanings of many words campers may have been unfamiliar with or normally uncomfortable talking about. At the end of the discussion, the floor was opened up to Q & A, providing campers an opportunity to raise any questions or concerns.
Ending the day was another jam session. Sepanta played more tunes for us on a guitar. A friend and supporter of IAAB, Gerardo, did an incredible job pumping the campers up as he led salsa dancing and sang. Several campers also played the piano. Shipping the campers off to bed had never been so difficult.
Check out an awesome photo recap of days 4-5 below by Darya M.:
-Arman C., July 3, 11:59 p.m.