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At PeacePlayers International, every day we see the power of teamwork overcoming some of the most formidable religious and cultural barriers in the world today. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP. As nearly all of the areas where PeacePlayers International works are not only divided, but also underprivileged, we don’t charge our participants fees, and our programs depend almost entirely on charitable contributions. Whether you want to host your own basketball tournament or organize a Bar or Bat Mitzvah fundraiser, by helping to raise funds for PeacePlayers International you are enabling children in historically divided communities all over the world to develop into leaders for peace.

The Sixth Man Blog

In basketball, the “Sixth Man” is the term normally given to a player who doesn’t start a game, but comes in at a critical juncture to add a needed dose of scoring, defense, or playmaking. Because of this tradition, at PeacePlayers International we call our grassroots activists Sixth Men and Women – integral to our team, they use their own skills in their own backyards to make a difference for PPI. This blog is about you, our Sixth Men and Women, and all you’re doing to contribute to PPI’s work.


Sponsorship Opportunities 

We rely on the generosity of friends such as you to help us continue providing year-round basketball and peacebuilding activities around the world. Find out about our different sponsorship opportunities and how your support can directly impact the lives of children in Cyprus, Israel and the West Bank, Northern Ireland, and South Africa. 

Request a Speaker

If you would like a member of our staff to speak to your team, club, class or organization, please let us know. We have a broad and deep pool of passionate individuals at PeacePlayers International, with experience all over the world at the intersection of sports and peacebuilding. 

Career Opportunities

PeacePlayers International (PPI) is an international nonprofit organization that uses sports to unite, educate, and inspire young people in divided and underserved communities worldwide.  Click here to view available positions

Testimonials

"Basketball has added a new dimension to our sporting activities. Of course, it improves coordination and also improves communication between the kids themselves. It’s wonderful that PPI has become...
Jennifer Sonasundrum, Principal, Merry Hill Primary School, South Africa
"In the beginning I participated for the basketball, but then I made friends with the Turkish-Cypriots. Now we play and we all have fun together."
Evripidis Kardamilas, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Cyprus
"I met new players I didn't know before, and learned how to play with new people. The best part was learning things from new players and different areas coming together. I learned you don't have to...
Amir, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Middle East
"Programmes like this that work at the grass roots level with the young people in our society are vital to achieving sustainable peace within our communities. We are committed to supporting and...
Denis Rooney, CBE, Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland, Chairman, International Fund for Ireland
"We work in an education system that is divided…PeacePlayers program is pointed towards the integration of those children. You’re getting children to mix in an environment where there’s not the...
Derrick Harkness, Principal, Carrs Glen Primary School, Northern Ireland
"It’s hard to live without my parents, but my PPI coach is always there for me. He’s really more like a brother."
Sihle Cele, Participant, PeacePlayers International – South Africa
"I was scared to death at first. But by the end of the match, I realized we were all the same."
Geina Mdungo, Participant, PeacePlayers Interational – South Africa
"If she takes one thing away, it’s to know that there’s no differences from the other community, that everybody’s equal, and that she has great enjoyment with PeacePlayers."
Nula Doherty, Parent, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"We typically use activities such as art and drama to bridge divides between the youth. We always knew that sport had the potential to do the same, but PPI - ME's sport day went way above and beyond...
Yael Gur, Project Manager, A New Way, Israel
"At the start [playing together] wasn't weird, but it was different because we would never have gotten the opportunity to go out and meet Protestants and be friends with them."
Ann Murphy, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"A lot of kids believe that one kid on the other side is a good person, but every other one is a bad person, and they then carve out these narrow exceptions. What [PPI’s] curriculum is doing is...
Chad Ford, Director, David O. McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding, Brigham Young University
"When you get to know your teammates, it doesn’t really matter what their religion is."
Aoife Doherty, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"I’m glad that Ronnie’s taking part in PeacePlayers…hopefully Ronny doesn’t have to go through what I went through at Ronnie’s age.”
Manny Macauley, Parent, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"I was on the train one day with my Jewish friends and they started making fun of an Arab woman…I told them to stop and that she was embarrassed and that she just wanted to go to work. I then told...
Adiel, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Middle East
"By focusing on the game of basketball and the values of sportsmanship, the youth learn to break down stereotypes to contribute to an environment whereby children who play together can learn to live...
Bicommunal Support Program, U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus
"We find that the PeacePlayers program brings in life-skills in a non-threatening way, and is helping to educate children on the big issues of HIV…We also find that in the PeacePlayers program, we...
Pamilla Mudhray, CSI Manager, Sasol, South Africa