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WASHINGTON, DC/EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ  (March 2, 2012) – In keeping with the team’s goals of aligning with global organizations, NETS Basketball is creating an association with PeacePlayers International (PPI), an innovative peace-building organization and a leader in the use of sport for social change worldwide.

The Jerusalem Post

US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapori, got on the court in Holon with PPI - Middle East's young Israeli and Palestinian leaders. 

Belfast Media Group

Darryl Pettigrew is interviewed about PPI's presence in Northern Ireland, describing why basketball works in interface communities and the organization's American roots 

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. 

In The Paint

In “A Ball, A Hoop, and So Much More,” PPI Fellow Claire Perry explains how basketball has become a vehicle to break down barriers and change perceptions in South Africa.

PR Newswire

Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton have set up a charitable gift fund for those who may very generously wish to donate to charity to help the couple celebrate their April wedding. Having been touched by the goodwill shown them since the announcement of their engagement, Prince William and Miss Middleton have asked that anyone who might wish to give them a wedding gift consider giving instead to a charitable fund.

As part of its series highlighting the top "40-Under-40" Development Leaders in Washington, DC, Devex profiles Brendan Tuohey, PPI's Executive Director.
Community Relations Council E-Bulletin
One of Northern Ireland's most respected community relations institutions spotlights PPI - NI.
In the Paint

How one PPI coach uses basketball to make a difference on the divided island of Cyprus.

Jerusalem Post

In a precedent-setting accomplishment, PeacePlayers Internationl - Middle East is entering four Jewish-Arab teams in the Israel National Basketball League.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review explains why the Pitt Panthers made sure to schedule a visit with PPI in Northern Ireland when the team visited Belfast this summer.

The Washington Post
Amir Abu Dalu grew up in the village of Beit Safafa in East Jerusalem, skipping school and causing trouble on the streets with his friends. And like the great majority of Palestinians, he rarely interacted with Israelis.
Viewpoints, the Journal of the Middle East Institute
Julie Younes, a former Fellow with PPI in the Middle East, explains the program's approach to conflict transformation.
From the Field
Northern Ireland’s three most prominent sporting bodies – Ulster Rugby, Ulster Council GAA, and Irish Football Association – teamed up with PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland to launch “A Game of 3 Halves,” an initiative to introduce Belfast’s youngsters to all that each of the three sports has to offer.
In the Paint
A former PeacePlayers International Fellow reflects on how the game helped make a difference in the arenas he taught, and how it helped him grow.
Ashoka Peace
The peacebuilding blog of Ashoka, a global hub for social entrepreneurs, highlights PeacePlayers International and the organization's approach to bridging divides, developing leaders and changing perceptions.
PPI - Northern Ireland Selected for Big Lottery Fund Grant
Belfast Telegraph
A £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund will help support PPI - Northern Ireland's Primary School Twinning program.
USAToday's Reid Cherner looks at PPI's legacy worldwide.
The Huffington Post
Legendary sports agent Arn Tellem explains why he counts PPI as one of his favorite causes.
Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal
When Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal sat down with Ron Shapiro for their regular "What I Like" feature, he took a minute to single out PeacePlayers International.


"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
"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
"When you get to know your teammates, it doesn’t really matter what their religion is."
Aoife Doherty, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
“I love this organization because it unites Greek-Cypriots with Turkish-Cypriots by doing what we all love, playing basketball!” 
Dimitris Charalambous, Participant, PeacePlayers International - Cyprus
"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
“The love the coaches have for basketball inspires us to continually improve our game and they taught us how to be a better person on the court as well in our everyday life” 
Christiana Miltiadous, Participant, PeacePlayers International - Cyprus
“PeacePlayers has taught me lots of important things, like how to be a good person, a good friend, and a good leader. One of the most important things it has taught me is how to educate the younger...
Nursu Tilki, Participant, PeacePlayers International - Cyprus
"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
"Through PeacePlayers I have learnt how to share, trust, cooperate, and respect everyone, creating friendship and peace. PeacePlayers taught us whatever your religion or language you are talking, it...
Cetin Pirlanta, Participant, PeacePlayers International - Cyprus
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
“The reason that I participate in this program and love it so much is because it helps me learn new things while playing my favorite sport. I have made so many new friends, Greek-Cypriots and Turkish...
Victor Petrov, Participant, PeacePlayers International - Cyprus
"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
“Why did I join? Simple, it gave me purpose and it made me happy. It gave me the feeling of belonging somewhere. It was a place where your goals and hobbies harmonize with the goals of an...
Eleni Partakki, Participant, PeacePlayers International - Cyprus
 “Through basketball I got over my fears and the stereotypes that we were taught in school. Basketball helped me to become friends with those guys without even speaking!”
Alexis Georgiou, Participant, PeacePlayers International - Cyprus
"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
"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
"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