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The "Color of Peace" event, April 20, 2018

The Color of PeaceThe International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) organization and ACS Athens aim to celebrate the transformative power of sport and its great potential in advancing positive social change. In collaboration with the "" platform and under the high patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, ACS Athens will host a memorable event on Friday, April 20 2018, dedicated to promoting peace through sport while honoring those who have lost their home because of war.

On April 20, 2018, ACS Athens will host a soccer match between unattended refugee minors involved with the "Youth 2 Youth" program and ACS Athens students. Together these children comprise over 65 different nationalities. Prior to the day of the event, educational activities and instruction addressing the significance of peace and its’ promotion through sport (ie. the meaning of Olympic truce) will take place throughout all the grades (K-12).

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the celebration is the "Stress Ball Races" to be organized by Elementary, Middle School and Academy respectively. These culminating events will involve students, parents and faculty who can obtain one or more stress balls in the color of their House (small donation requested) with all proceeds going to the "Youth to Youth Program". Each stress ball will be numbered and that number will be associated with the sponsor who donated the money (2€/stress ball). The Principal of each school will grab the first 5 stress balls at the bottom of the slide and those winners will receive 100 points for their House. Flyers with information about these separate races will be posted soon by each school.

ACS aims to promote collaboration between cultures and student athletes as well as to educate all of its stakeholders about the idea of sport promoting healthy competition and unity across the globe. The event is addressed to the greater ACS Athens community. Therefore, the final celebration prior to the soccer match will include a series of music acts as well as motivational speeches by celebrities. At the end of the day the entire student body will raise white cards to transmit the powerful message of peace.

The main event will take place from 2:15pm until 3:00pm on Friday, April 20.

More information about the detailed schedule of the event will be announced soon.

HOUSES Stress Balls Races:
  • Middle School: Wednesday, April 18 at 1:00pm
  • Elementary School: Thursday, April 19 at 2:30pm
  • Academy: Friday, April 20 at 10:05am

"White Card" takes its name from "Carton Blanc", a highly-acclaimed travelling photo exhibition by Maud Bernos which highlights the faces of those who are at the very heart of Peace and Sport action and who are its tireless driving force: children.
The photographer named her exhibition "Carton Blanc" in reference to the red card, which signifies the most serious offense that a sports player can commit. Here, the colour white, which symbolizes purity and peace, is therefore used to represent positivity and constructiveness in sport.

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