Last night our family went to a Rugby game. It was the first live game we've been to here in Lebanon. The match was between the Palestine Rugby League and the American University of Beirut.
It was kind of a big deal. All sorts of high-level delegates and embassy folks were there. Representatives from the European Union, UNRWA, and the president of AUB all gave little speeches before the match.
The speech I liked best was given by this guy, Rabie Al Masri, who founded the Palestinian Rugby League in 2008. He talked about the role of sports in the lives of kids, in communities.
It's a terrible picture, and though I'm ashamed of the quality of the photo I'm posting it anyway because I'm proud of this guy. I proud of what he set out to do in 2008 and proud of how much he has done in pursuit of that dream since then.
During the first half, I was sure AUB wouldn't be able to beat them. The Palestinian team played really well. Their passes were a lot tighter and they were able to gain ground far more easily than the AUB team. Also, they had a lot of support in the stands. But in the end, AUB pulled ahead and won the match. I was surprised, but it's surprises and upsets that makes these games fun. I'm glad we went to see it.