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2015 Friendship Games in Retrospective

by , 29th Jan 2016

There is much that could be said about the Friendship Games but I think one of the key strengths is the ability for such a gathering to speak loudly and clearly about the virtues of early childhood education and the vibrancy of youth. In a way, the Friendship Games capture the essence of what lies in our hearts, and it showcases youth’s potential in a tremendously palpable way.

Watching the video of the Friendship Games brought back some wonderful memories. The Friendship Games were one of my very first experiences at the Novak Djokovic Foundation. This was the first time that I had the pleasure of interacting with those who benefit from the Foundation’s work: disadvantaged children from different parts of Serbia, coming together to learn of the value of friendship and to participate in diverse learning experiences. The volunteers who made it all possible exuded so much energy and enthusiasm, and when Novak and Jelena first arrived on the scene that very first day, everyone simply could not believe their eyes. What a memorable experience we all shared!

As adults, we can only glean a little bit about what such experiences truly mean for these young children. One could see the curiosity in their eyes as each new event introduced them to novel activities and to children from different backgrounds and parts of the country. The Friendship Games are unique and unlike anything these young participants get to experience in their hometowns. Being part of an organisation that enriches so many lives, in so many ways, is truly humbling.

NDF - 3rd Friendship Games
NDF – 3rd Friendship Games

Value and purpose behind the Friendship Games

There is much that could be said about the Friendship Games but I think, at the core, one of the key strengths is the ability for such a gathering to speak loudly and clearly to the world at large about the virtues of early childhood education and the vibrancy of youth. In a way, the Friendship Games capture the essence of what lies in our hearts, and it showcases youth’s potential in a tremendously palpable way.

Congregating from different parts of the country, many of those attending had never met each other, and yet barriers were quickly lowered and wonderful new friendships forged.

The Friendship Games enrich the future as much as they do the present, and in the process create indelible memories that last a lifetime:

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