SJA Teacher Heads To Israel For An Ultimate Experience

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St. Johnsbury Academy’S Ultimate Frisbee coach, Josh Seamon.

St. Johnsbury Academy math faculty member and coach of the school's State Champion Ultimate Frisbee boys and girls teams, Josh Seamon is heading to Israel this summer to participate with a program called Ultimate Peace, an organization that uses Ultimate Frisbee as a tool to unite Israeli and Palestinian youth during an annual summer camp. Seamon will travel to the camp later this month.

"I am so over the top thrilled to be joining Ultimate Peace this summer because it represents everything I love about Ultimate Frisbee, all in one place," says Seamon. "It's the joy of sport combined with spirited play above all else, centered around an excited, receptive, and diverse population of youth. I absolutely cannot wait to work with the kids at Ultimate Peace. Everyone who works at Ultimate Peace is a volunteer and this summer the two campuses have a budget of around $200,000.

"The money I'm raising will enable me to cover at least some of my summer costs, as well as to help fund the camp. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated. In addition to monetary donation, other in-kind donations are welcome too such as travel miles, energy bars, shade tends, hats, cleats, discs, and gear for campers. Ultimate Peace is hugely reliant on the support of family and friends. If you are able, please join this peace-through-sport initiative and donate whatever you can at http://www.ultimatepeace.org/donate/."

Seamon says that donations are tax-deductible and can be made online or by check. When making a donation on his behalf, please put down Josh's name on the online donation form where it says "in support of" or in the memo field of the check. Josh says: "I'd be happy to talk to anyone about this endeavor on the phone, via email, or in person. If you know of anyone who might be interested in, or moved by, this effort, please feel free to put them in touch with me." Write to jseamon@stjacademy.org.

Last semester, Academy Class of 2012 student Ava Schein of Peacham focused her senior Capstone research project on conflict resolution in the Middle East, and also became involved with Ultimate Peace.

Ava says, "The goal of my (Capstone) project was to send two underprivileged kids to the camp -- one Israeli and one Palestinian. In support of fundraising for their enrollment, the Ultimate Frisbee program here at the Academy joined forces with my initiative in holding a dance May 18 in the Black Box Theatre. Half of the proceeds from the dance will benefit the Ultimate Program, and the other half will benefit my fundraising efforts for Ultimate Peace." Schein's effort raised more than $1,000.

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