An Iraqi girls’ basketball team took part in a Tennessee Lady Vols basketball camp last week as part of a program promoting peace and cultural understanding through sports.
Under Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi National Women’s Basketball Team was dismantled and the number of girls playing plummeted. In the mid 1980s, Saddam’s son, Uday, “revived” the National Olympic programs but he was known to commit horrific acts of torture against athletes who did not placate his obsession to win. As a result, the vast majority of girls and women stopped playing sports altogether.
Sport 4 Peace , which was co-founded in 1994 by Steve DeVoss and UT doctoral student Sarah Hillyer, a former basketball player at Virginia Tech,