Hay said the program helps to break down the children’s stereotypes with the hope that their experiences and friendships will have a ripple effect in their communities.
The girls get together separately twice a week to practice and then meet twice a month to play each other. The program consists of sports education and peace education. There also is a focus on learning the language of the other group.
Hay feels there will be peace one day between Muslims and Jews and wants to prepare children for that reality.
“This generation needs to be prepared for the day after,” Hay said.
Shavero said she is already gaining a positive feeling about the Arab girls with whom she plays.
WTOP’s Nathan Hager contributed to this report. Follow Nathan and WTOP on Twitter.