On 22 July, thousands of children in Gaza, as part of the UNRWA Summer Games, will come together to break the number of basketballs bounced simultaneously. The UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, sent them this message of support.
New York, 13 July 2010
I am Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
I want to congratulate the children of Gaza for taking part in this great event.
You are showing the world that if you are given the opportunity…you can be number one!
Last year, you broke the record for kite flying.
We were all so inspired to see thousands of you… the next generation in Gaza… flying kites you made… and reaching for the sky.
What a message to the world.
Now, show us what you can do with thousands of basketballs! I’ll join in from New York.
I thank the United Nations staff in Gaza for organising the Summer Games… and for helping the children of Gaza show that they can bounce back from any adversity and be the best in the world.