Request a Speaker

Behind PeacePlayers International’s mission is faith in an extraordinarily simple idea: we’re all better off when we work as a team. For that reason, we’re always happy to share what we do with others interested in learning more about our work.

Brendan Tuohey speaks at his alma mater, Gonzaga College High School.PPI Co-Founder Brendan Tuohey speaks at his high school alma mater, Gonzaga College High School.

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. Though we won’t be able to accommodate every request due to the limits of time, travel and resources, we’ll do our best to connect with you and your group and share our successes and challenges using sport to unite divided communities.

PPI - ME Basketball Operations Manager Vito Gilic with a community organization in MoroccoAs we won’t be able to visit with every group that’s interested, we don’t charge for these appearances. However, we do ask that groups that have the means consider making a donation to our programs if a staff member speaks to them. There is always more to do than there is time in the day, and these donations help support our programs while we share their stories with you.

There is no minimum, but below are some suggested guidelines for your group, organization, team or class to consider:

  • $1,000 supports the work of one of our coaches for a year, working with at least 12 young people from mixed backgrounds in a divided community. (Most appropriate if you are seeking a speaker for an entire day and the event requires significant travel or the development of new, unique content.)
  • $500 supports the participation of two young people in our programs for an entire year. (Most appropriate if you are seeking a speaker for an entire day, and the event does not require significant travel or the development of new, unique content.)
  • $250 supports one young person in our program for an entire year. (Most appropriate if you are seeking a speaker for a half-day or less.)

Depending on the costs involved, we may also ask that you or your group consider covering the direct expenses associated with traveling to your event.

If these amounts are not feasible for you or your group, please reach out to us to discuss your needs, and we'll do our best to accomodate.

To request a speaker or for more information, please contact Adam Hirsch at ahirsch@peaceplayersintl.org.

Testimonials

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