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 Clubs
This 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 Program
The 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 Program
Founded 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.
Ryan graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. He was a 4-year member of the Fordham Men's Varsity Basketball team, walking onto the team as a Freshman. In his Senior year, he earned a full athletic scholarship and was named Captain. As a member of the team, Ryan coached clinics for local Bronx youth and was selected as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, dedicated to creating leaders among college athletes.Read more
Group Chief Financial Officer
Antonis Rouvas is a graduate of Wake Forest University in the State of North Carolina in the USA with a degree in Business and Mathematics, BSc (High Honours). He has the professional titles of FCA (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and AMCT (Association of Corporate Treasurers, UK).Read more
Levent Çağdal has a degree in Economics from Sussex University, England. He has played basketball for many years in the Turkish Cypriot League, and was the President of the Basketball Federation of Northern Cyprus from 2005 to 2008. He currently runs his family company involved in imports, distribution and retail sectors.
Stephanie was born and raised in Nicosia, Cyprus. Prior to joining PeacePlayers International - Cyprus she received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Bedfordshire (UK) in Sport Science and Coaching and she is about to receive her Master’s degree in Globalization and Sport from Loughborough University (UK). Stephanie was a member of the ENAD women’s professional basketball team in Cyprus for 5 years before leaving for her studies in the UK.Read more
As an Organizational Learning Specialist, Gunnar will be working closely with each PPI site to capture and share best practices as well as lead the implementation of projects that PPI conducts under the banner of Technical Assistance. Gunnar joined PeacePlayers International - Cyprus as a Fellow in early 2010. Previously, he worked for two years as an Assistant Men’s Basketball coach for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).Read more
University of San Francisco
After graduating with a degree in Business from the University of California Santa Cruz, Adam pursued his masters degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco. During his two years in graduate school, Adam spent much of his time working for local professional sports teams including the Golden State Warriors. It was not until his graduation in 2010 when he first got a taste of international development as a Fellow for PeacePlayers International.Read more
Ashley graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Economics and Business where she received the Robert William Kaye Prize for the senior with the top GPA in their major. While attending CC she was also a 4-year member of the Women’s Basketball team and a 2-time team captain. After graduation she worked as a Market Analyst for The Bonham Group, a sports marketing and consulting firm out of Denver.Read more
The 2nd MARS National Media Encounter – Cross-Production for Inclusive Coverage
PPI Fellow Adam Hirsch participated in an international conference entitled: “Media Against Racism in Sport” (MARS), co-organised by the CMFE (Community Media Forum in Europe) and the CCMC (Cyprus Community Media Centre) under the sponsorship of the EU's Counicl of Europe. As part of the conference, Adam paired up with Demetris Vroullides, a Greek-Cypriot studying sport journalism in college, to write an article about the media’s coverage of racism in sport in Cyprus. The article can be found on the MARS website along other articles produced during the conference.
Manager for the Youth Activism Project