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PeacePlayers International

PeacePlayers unite divided communities through basketball, by creating a space for both individual and communal changes, thus creating a more peaceful world.

Many communities around the world are in conflict because of divides driven by historical, racial, socioeconomic and other differences. PeacePlayers International’s model bridges divides between youth on opposite sides of these conflicts – whether Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland or Israeli and Palestinians in the Middle East - through sustained sports programming that includes both peace education and leadership development.
 
The program is designed to break down barriers that exist between two conflicting groups, bridging the divide that exists and unleashing the power of those in the community to act as catalysts for change within their families, schools and neighborhoods.  

PeacePlayers runs year-round program sites in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Cyprus and the Middle East. Each of these programs brings about change unique to the local context, but shares the same objective: unite divided communities through basketball by creating a space for both individual and communal changes, thus creating a more peaceful world. PeacePlayers programmes engage communities in local and sustained ways.