PeacePlayers International - Cyprus (PPI - CY) is a locally led, independently registered charity in Cyprus that uses the game of basketball to allow 11-15 year-old Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot boys and girls to play together, learn together and build positive relationships that overcome generations of mistrust and formidable physical barriers to interaction.
PPI - CY is currently the only year-round bicommunal youth sports organization on the island. By facilitating regular, frequent, and structured interaction, it helps reverse prejudices built steadily over years in segregated communities and fosters the long-term trust necessary for true friendship.
In its current programmatic year, PPI - CY works with over 320 children.
PPI - CY's programs include:
Twinned Basketball ClubsThis island-wide network of basketball teams provides boys and girls ages 11-15 in Greek-Cypriot communities, Turkish-Cypriot communities, and a small number of "mixed" communities basketball and life skills education sessions three times each week, culminating in monthly integrated "twinnings" with teams from the island’s "other" communities.
Professional Development ProgramThe Professional Development Program offers professional training to the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot young adults who serve as coaches and mentors for PPI – CY’s Twinned Basketball Clubs. Three integrated trainings take place each year, providing coaches with advanced basketball instruction and comprehensive training in PPI’s peace-building curriculum.
Leadership Development ProgramFounded in 2006, PPI - CY is beginning to develop the core group of veteran participants necessary to start its own Leadership Development Program, a framework for the cultivation of socially aware young leaders already implemented successfully by PPI in South Africa, Northern Ireland and Israel and the West Bank. The Leadership Development Program is scheduled for launch in the summer of 2011.