Mission, Vision and Values
PeacePlayers International (PPI) was founded in 2001 on the premise that “children who play together can learn to live together.” In its twelve years of operations, PPI has reached more than 60,000 participants and trained more than 800 youth leaders. Through a groundbreaking peacebuilding-and-leadership development curriculum, PeacePlayers International uses basketball to bring children together and teach them proven tactics for improving their communities. PeacePlayers International currently operates year-round programs in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Israel and the West Bank, and Cyprus.
Watch this video for The Today Show's first look at PeacePlayers International in 2007, still one of the best profiles of our program around.
To unite, educate and inspire young people in divided communities through basketball.
Individual connections creating a more peaceful world.
Implementing consistent, year-round sports activities that bring together children from opposite sides of religious, ethnic and cultural divides to develop friendship and mutual respect.
Helping marginalized communities developed constructive outlets and positive role models for their youth, strengthening the capacity of the disenfranchised in support of sustainable peace.
Training and developing young adults from local communities to work together as coaches, mentors and leaders of peacebuilding efforts in their own communities.
Maintaining diverse and balanced leadership at all levels, including staff, board, volunteers and partners.
Operating first-class sports activities not for the purpose of training top athletes, but as a tool to unite, educate and inspire.
Driving concrete, measurable changes in both the attitudes and behaviors of participants and communities and demonstrating these results to a global audience.