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Description: Bring communities together with Basketball! PeacePlayers International uses basketball to unite, educate, and inspire youth living in divided communities. It hopes that the connections made between individuals will help form a more peaceful society. Currently, the organization has year-round programs in communities including Northern Ireland, Cyprus, South Africa, and Israel (West Bank).


How it Began: The organization started on the premise “children who play together can learn to live together”. Brothers Brendan and Sean Tuohey, who taught youth basketball in Northern Ireland in the late 90s, experienced the conflict of Protestantism against Catholicism. After successfully bringing young Protestants and Catholics together to play Basketball, they formed PeacePlayers International in 2001.


Its Success: More than 55,000 participants have experienced the opportunity to befriend and unite with other individuals.


Core Principles:

  • Bridging Divides: Bringing together children from different religions, cultures, and ethnicities together through sports.
  • Developing Leaders: Training young adults to become coaches and leaders that guide the peace building efforts of their community
  • Changing Perceptions: Showing how sports are not just for training top flight athletes. It can be used as a tool to change, educate, unite people.
  • Latest Information: Currently, around 4000 kids are participating in the camps at the 4 different locations.

(Information courtesy of PeacePlayers International)

If you are interested and want to know more, please visit http://www.peaceplayersintl.org/

Matthew Yung



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Homeless World Cup ©

Description: Football to fight poverty! The Homeless World Cup Organization uses football to inspire marginalized groups. They encourage them to change their lives and unite with others. The group works with 70 nations by supporting and guiding their local network. Each year, they hold a Homeless World Cup to celebrate the work of local organizations. Furthermore, the competition gives players an opportunity to meet and build bonds with others from different countries. Up to date, more than 200,000 peoples lives have been improved by the organization.


How it began: It all began with 2 men searching for an international language to fight poverty. The two men: Mel Young and Harald Schmied found football as the answer. In 2003, they hosted the first Homeless World Cup in Graz, Austria.


Its Success: The organization has helped 73% of its participants change their lives. The players get off drugs and alcohol, remerge into society, and reunite with their families.


How it further helps: Along with the World Cup, the organization provides other types of help. Its National Partners gives access to advice concerning education, health, legal, or employment.


Latest Information: The 2013 Homeless World Cup will be hosted in Ponzan Poland. It will last from 10-18 August 2013.


If you are interested and want to know more, visit: http://www.homelessworldcup.org/

Matthew Yung

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