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03/02/2012
NETS Basketball

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.

02/12/2012
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. 

01/29/2012
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 

01/27/2012
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. 

06/01/2011
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.

03/16/2011
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.

01/21/2011
Devex
As part of its series highlighting the top "40-Under-40" Development Leaders in Washington, DC, Devex profiles Brendan Tuohey, PPI's Executive Director.
12/02/2010
Community Relations Council E-Bulletin
One of Northern Ireland's most respected community relations institutions spotlights PPI - NI.
10/14/2010
In the Paint

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

10/01/2010
Jerusalem Post

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

07/29/2010
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.

07/07/2010
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.
05/28/2010
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.
05/13/2010
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.
04/22/2010
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.
02/26/2010
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
02/11/2010
Belfast Telegraph
A £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund will help support PPI - Northern Ireland's Primary School Twinning program.
01/13/2010
USAToday
USAToday's Reid Cherner looks at PPI's legacy worldwide.
12/23/2009
The Huffington Post
Legendary sports agent Arn Tellem explains why he counts PPI as one of his favorite causes.
12/07/2009
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.

Testimonials

"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
"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’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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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