I’m a 26 years old, I study at Durham Tech, and I teach part-time. I was born and raised in Alexandria, VA, and originally started college in South Carolina. After a short time there, I learned that I had a special skillset for online poker, so I left college to pursue that career. After 7 successful years that took me all over the US and abroad, the novelty began to wear off.
At the time I decided to transition out of the poker world into something more meaningful, I was based in Israel. I pursued a program there at the Arava Institute of Environmental Studies, and found myself engaged in a way that I had never been in poker. A big element of the program was a peace building seminar, as the student body is comprised of young Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, and Americans.
When I returned to the US, I wanted to stay active in pursuing peace in the region, and Kids4Peace is the perfect fit. Helping to raise the next generation without psychological barriers and misconceptions about each other can help to create an understanding that results in sustainable peace. I witnessed first hand at Arava, and second hand through working with previous K4P participants that simply knowing “the other” can make a world of difference, and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to that cause.