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Cameron Meadows, a fifth-grade student at North Elementary School, has been selected to participate in the People to People Ambassadors Program in Austria this summer.
Meadows, who will play basketball in the Friendship Games, was selected following a recent interview.
In addition to the basketball, Meadows will visit several World War II sites and learn about Austria’s culture.
The People to People Sports Ambassadors Program was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.
“He believed that if people from different cultures could come together in peace and friendship, so eventually would countries,” according to a People to People Ambassadors Program release. “Since its founding, People to People has launched many international programs, including Sister Cities and Project Hope.”
Meadows said he’s honored to be selected.
“I am looking forward to broadening my perspectives of the world and gaining a better understanding of Western European history,” he said. “My grandfather fought in World War II in Europe. Upon my return, I plan to share my experience with schools and civic clubs in our community.”
As an Ambassador Program participant, Meadows can also earn middle school International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) credit because of the program’s educational elements.
Tuition for the program is $6,298, which includes transportation, accommodations, meals and educational activities.
Meadows is seeking contributions from area businesses and individuals. He is also raising money for the trip through a Christian basketball league tournament which will be held this weekend at A.R. Rucker Middle School. Play opens Friday at 6:30 p.m. and continues Saturday starting at 10 a.m.
A fundraiser pancake breakfast at Applebees is set for June 7 along with upcoming raffles.
Meadows, 11, plays sports, including recreation football, and is a member of the Columbus Parker Track Club. He played on the Immanuel Baptist basketball team which won the Moriah Baptist grades 4-6 youth basketball championship as well as the title in the annual Matt Blackwell Holiday Hoops tournament in December.