Hooping for Peace! It's Really A Slam Dunk Deal

US Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro, and some brave Tel Aviv Embassy staff accepted an invitation to play a twinned match between PPI - Middle East's young Israeli and Palestinian basketball players. It was a friendly game with both teams consisting of Israelis and Palestinians, boys and girls. All proudly sporting Blue (the "home" team) and Red (the "away" team) jerseys with "USAID" emblazoned on the on their backs, including the Ambassador. The event took place at Maccabi Holon basketball gymnasium. To be honest, it didn't really matter who was home or away or who won or lost, it was just a moment of great sportsmanship. Go! Teams! Go!

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PeacePlayers-Cyprus Peace Day Tournament Feature from the British Forces Broadcasting Service
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PPI Acceptance Speech: Peace and Sport Best NGO for Peace of the Year

Executive Director Brendan Tuohey accepts the award for PeacePlayers International during the 2011 Peace and Sport Forum on October 27, 2011 in Monaco.

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The Jerusalem All Stars
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The Cyprus Community Media Centre on PPI - Cyprus

This short video introduces PPI - Cyprus' work and the difference it's making bridging divides on the island.

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2011 "Masters Basketball Madness" Tournament Highlight Reel

This year’s Masters Basketball Madness Tournament hosted former NBA players and raised money to support PeacePlayers International. Check out the weekend’s favorite highlights!

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The Washington-Based Charity that Will Benefit from the Royal Wedding

NBC News4, based in Washington, D.C., profiles PeacePlayers International after the organization's branch in Northern Ireland was selected by Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton as one beneficiary of their charitable wedding fund.

William Winchester: Coach in Training

Watch William Winchester, one of the young people profiled in Will Maloney's new documentary Two Steps at a Time learn how to lead and overcome the challenges of growing up in today's post-conflict Northern Ireland with PeacePlayers International.

Two Steps at a Time: William Winchester from Will Maloney on Vimeo.

The Today Show on Prince William and Miss Middleton's Choice

The Today Show spotlights the work of PeacePlayers International after Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton selected the organization as one group to benefit from charitable gifts given in honor of the couple's wedding.

Cheerleading by the LDP

After PPI - South Africa's Girls' Leadership Development team wins a "battle of the sexes" debate on gender roles, the boys experience a little good-natured role reversal - serving as cheerleaders for the girls' matches.

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"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
“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
“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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"When you get to know your teammates, it doesn’t really matter what their religion is."
Aoife Doherty, Participant, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland
"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
"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
"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
“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
"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
"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
"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
 “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
"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
“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
"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 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
"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