I Can’t Imagine Myself without PeacePlayers

Laith Subhi has been with PeacePlayers-ME since 2010

My name is Laith Subhi, I’m 19 years old, and I live in a neighborhood called Beit Safafa in Jerusalem. I’ve been in PeacePlayers since 2010 and I’m a part of the Leadership Development Program (LDP).

At first I joined PPI because I love to play basketball, but after I joined PPI, I found it focused on more than just playing basketball. Coming from this conflicted region, I grew up with the two sides, Arabs and Jews, trying to keep us segregated and not one unified team.

Lately the situation has gotten worse and I don’t always feel safe, especially in Jerusalem. It’s difficult for me to use the public transportation like buses or taxis because I am afraid of being recognized as an Arab and possibly being attacked. This is the same for me walking in the streets alone. Yet, I know the work we are doing with PeacePlayers is important because of the current situation.

Laith (with ball) making a shot at the White House basketball court

I was amazed at the beginning when I saw how PPI could combine the two sides peacefully and without any racism. We were able to put our conflict on the side and just concentrate on the game and enjoy it.

Through the years in PPI I not only made new friends from the other side – Jews – but also I’ve learned that we should not judge anyone by his/her religion or national identity.

The connections and the relations were made stronger between PPI players because of the experiences and the activities we had together like local trips and basketball trainings. But the most amazing experience we had was last month when we traveled to USA for two weeks and we introduced PeacePlayers—Middle East to people. Meeting people who support this organization motivated me to keep on giving more and more to PPI.

Laith (Right) with US National Security Advisor, Susan Rice

One of the characters that inspired and motivated me the most was Susan Rice, the U.S. National Security Advisor, who welcomed us in the White House and found time in her very busy schedule to come and play basketball with us. She engaged in conversations with us and motivated us to continue our work. We were amazed were amazed by her attitude towards bringing peace and change to the Middle East.

In those two weeks we put the conflict on a side and enjoyed every moment together. We shared moments together that we will never forget and will be with us forever. I am hoping to go through this experience again in the future.

Laith (far left in red) with LDP members at a US Embassy event in Jerusalem

Maybe we have different languages, religions, and national identities but in the end we are all humans, and each day we learn how to respect each other although we have different points of view. For all these reasons I can’t imagine myself without PeacePlayers. I am hoping through our work that we will be the change in the future.

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PeacePlayers International – South Africa: Opening new doors and improving lives, one coach at a time

PPI-SA coach Gabreila Gocovah, seen here running a clinic at LIV Village earlier in the year.

PPI-SA coach Gabreila Gokova, seen here running a clinic at LIV Village earlier in the year.

This week’s blog is written by PeacePlayers International – South Africa Coach Gabreila “Gabby” Gokova. Gabby joined PPI-SA in February and has never looked back. Her calming and never say never attitude have been felt not only by the players she coached at Carrington Primary school, but the PPI staff and her fellow coaches as well. 

I started with PeacePlayers International – South Africa in February, and this year was my first time coaching basketball and life skills. Not knowing what exactly I was getting myself into, I was so nervous and scared leading up to my first practice. I did not know exactly what to do. We had workshops and trainings, but the thought of implementation had me underneath the covers. Fortunately one of my mentors, PPI staff member Ryan Douwie, started off with me. I would go to his practices, watch what he did and then he would come to mine to help me out. Now looking back, I don’t know what I was afraid of really because the experience of working with children was just too much fun and amazing. The kids at Carrington Primary School always seemed to teach me something new.  This whole year has taught me a lot about myself, including stepping outside of my comfort zone.

Besides coaching basketball and life skills, PeacePlayers International has opened new doors for me. I had the opportunity to travel to Cape Town and be part of the Laureus Youth Empowerment through Sports (YES) Programme. Without PPI, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity to meet others from across Africa and learn their cultures.

Gabby (back left) and 24th City Wide Champions Carrington Primary School Girls

Gabby (back left) and 24th City Wide Champions Carrington Primary School Girls

My favourite moment of the year was the 24th City Wide Tournament.  In my first City Wide earlier in the year, I had no idea what to do and I was all over the place not knowing where to go. I felt overwhelmed trying to help organize 300+ kids. This last tournament was different.  I took initiative to make sure everything went accordingly on my court.  I was familiar with the location, knew the procedure, and the best way to interact with kids I didn’t know.  On top of that, my girls won the tournament. I still remember that last whistle signaling the end of the championship game. I was ecstatic. It felt so cool seeing all our hard work throughout the year paying off.

Working for PeacePlayers International has been such an amazing experience throughout this whole year. I’ve seen myself and others grow. My communication skills have strengthened tremendously. I’m not afraid to talk to people as much as I was before. I used to be extremely shy, but now I am a very outspoken young lady.

I loved every minute of this year. Not only did I learn a lot of things, but I had so much fun with my colleagues and can say they have become more like family to me. I hope more youths out there can find organizations such as PeacePlayers International to help them learn about themselves and open new doors for them as it has for me. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity PPI gave me this year and can’t wait for 2015!

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A Sneak Peek Into PeacePlayers International’s #WhyIPlay Video Challenge

Giving Tuesday is all about giving back to charitable causes.

Giving Tuesday is all about giving back to charitable causes, and #WhyIPlay is key to PeacePlayers’ campaign.

In this week’s blog post, Communications and Development Intern, Matthew Agar, provides a preview of PeacePlayers International’s #WhyIPlay Video Challenge. The #WhyIPlay Video Challenge is part of PPI’s Giving Tuesday campaign,  a global day of giving back to charitable causes.

In the United States of America and Canada, the Thanksgiving holiday is upon us. People are hitting the road to go to big family dinners. Jolly uncles and sweet aunts are stuffing themselves with turkey and pumpkin pie. Most importantly, individuals around the world are hitting the stores and the web to find the best deals on clothes, electronics, and jewelry on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Wait, what?!

Yes, the beginning of what singer Andy Williams called the most wonderful time of the year marks the height of enormous devouring of things many of us do not need. Maybe I am being too harsh here, but is this not the opposite of what we should be doing around this time of year? The story of Thanksgiving tells us that we should be thankful for what we have, not thankful for what we can get. Better yet, should we not be giving to those who are in need, whether that need be clothing or food in the case of the impoverished, or a chance at peace in the case of PeacePlayers International’s youth leaders?  I think the answer in both these cases is yes we should. While helping the poor is very important, the point of this blog post is to show how YOU can help in giving the youth at PeacePlayers a chance at peace.

Starting October 27 at 12:00 am, US EST, PeacePlayers International will be participating in Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday, officially December 2, is a global day of giving to charitable causes. PeacePlayers will be taking part in Giving Tuesday in many ways such as posting on social media and encouraging people to donate to our programs. However, the part of Giving Tuesday that I am most proud to be involved in, and the part I am leading, is a video challenge called #WhyIPlay.

Here is the jist of the #WhyIPlay Video Challenge. Beginning October 27 at midnight, submit a 30 to 45 second video to our WooBox platform. Show us why you play sports. In the same video, and in the spirit of Giving Tuesday, explain how you plan to give back to the sports you love. Enter your video. Invite your friends, friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends to take the challenge (the more people you invite, the more bonus votes you get). Vote for videos you like. Oh, and do not forget to share your video and our challenge on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #WhyIPlay.

#WhyIPlay is PeacePlayers’ way of reaching out to the world to show how sports help make people feel happy with themselves, the people they know, and the environment around them. We want the challenge to be a humbling rather than competitive experience, but at the same time, we know from the basketball court that competition is unavoidable. Therefore, the video submission that receives the most votes and is the most inspiring will be featured as our promotional video on Giving Tuesday. Any questions? If so, feel free to email me at magar2994@gmail.com. Get pumped and get ready to show us why you play!

Friendships are one of the many reasons why our kids play. Get ready and show us why you play!

 

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“I wouldn’t change being a part of PeacePlayers for anything in the world.”

Alim with the whole PeacePlayers crew for a bike tour in 2013

Alim with the whole PeacePlayers crew for a bike tour in 2013.

Today’s blog is written by Cyprus Leadership Development Program participant Alim Sancar. She shares with us her experience with PeacePlayers and what opportunities she has taken advantage of over the years.

Alim collects a clue from Coach Ryan during the summer camp scavenger hunt.

Alim collects a clue from Coach Ryan during the summer camp scavenger hunt.

Hi! My name is Alim. I’m 17 years old and I’m in my last year of high school. I have been participating in PeacePlayers since 2008. I was introduced to PeacePlayers by my basketball coach when I was in 6th grade and I fell in love with the organisation immediately. Coach Bahar used to take us to all the activities of the organisation throughout the year, so after a while I genuinely started to enjoy being around Greek-Cypriots and having them as my friends.

Alim presents at summer camp

Alim presents at summer camp.

After 6 years of being a part of this organisation, after meeting hundreds of Greek-Cypriots throughout the years, and having the privilege to know such great people, I realized how much I want there to be peace and unity between Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots. The language may be different but our culture is very similar and that is what helps us warm up to each other so quickly. Since I was a child, I wanted to be a part of the old Cyprus where people lived in harmony. I have many Greek-Cypriot friends that I talk to constantly and we have met a few times outside of the PeacePlayers activities which made me feel like they were truly my friends and not just people that I only see when I have to. All the summer camps and the Leadership Development camps are a blast. I feel blessed to be a part of an organisation that can introduce you to new people, enhance your socialising skills, improve your basketball game and teach you about peace and so many other things all at the same time. Also, the coaches and the special visitors of this organisation are exceptional.

My favourite thing about PeacePlayers is that there is FREE FOOD. Just kidding :D My favourite thing is that whenever there’s an activity, I get over-excited with joy and whenever I see my Greek-Cypriot friends for the first time after a few months I feel like I’m seeing my family again, and when we go to the summer camps or LDP camps in Agros I feel like I’m going home. The feeling of belonging somewhere, to something so great and so inspiring is my favourite thing about PeacePlayers-Cyprus. I wouldn’t change being a part of PeacePlayers for anything in the world.

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Introducing Courtney Boylan, PPI – ME’s Most Recent Amazing Import  

Our newest member, Courtney

Hello!

My name is Courtney Boylan, and I am the newest member of PPI-ME! I officially started working with PeacePlayers a little over two weeks ago, and I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and tell you how I was able to get involved with such an amazing organization, where in the coming year, I will be providing support to coaches in Jerusalem and the north.

Courtney played 4 years for University of Michigan.

Originally I am from Minnesota, “Land of 10,000 lakes”, but I have also lived in Maryland, Michigan, Kentucky, and Indiana. I attended college at the University of Michigan, where I majored in Sport Management and was a 4-year letter winner on the basketball team. Choosing to go to school so far from home was one of the hardest decisions of my life, but it proved to be the best decision I’ve ever made.

At Michigan, I was able to earn a degree at one of the greatest Universities in the world while playing basketball in one of the toughest conferences in the country (The Big Ten). I made countless memories and friendships that will last a lifetime, and most importantly: I fell in love. I met Stuart Douglass my first day on campus my freshman year at Michigan, and we have been dating ever since (over 6 years now). The reason I bring this up, and why he is so important in talking about my journey to the Middle East and working for PeacePlayers, is because he is the reason that I am even living in Israel.

Basketball plays an important role for both Courtney (right) and Stuart

After college, I was fortunate enough to get a job as a Division 1 Assistant Coach at Northern Kentucky University, and Stuart set his sights on playing professional basketball. Since last year, Stuart has been playing professionally in Israel, and after two years apart, we decided that the following season I would join him in Israel!

It was such an exciting time for the both of us to finally be together, but it was also very scary. I had to leave my job as an assistant coach, and my friends and family were very concerned about me living in country going through so much conflict, much of which I didn’t even understand myself. But, what I did know was that I wanted to stay involved with basketball.

One of my Sport Management professors at the University of Michigan, who is Jewish-American and has family living in Israel, was the one who told me about PeacePlayers International. After he told me about PPI and I did some research, I knew that I wanted to join them in their mission. PPI isn’t just about basketball; it’s about educating and inspiring children from areas of conflict to create a more peaceful world.

Courtney (right) leading a practice for the Tamra players

As a player and coach I saw first hand how sport, specifically basketball, could be used as a tool to bring so many different types of people together. Basketball has given and taught me so much: discipline, respect, acceptance, self-worth, humility, friendships, mentors, love… and the list could go on. I am extremely excited to be apart of something so special with PPI and hopefully I can pass on some of the things I have learned to members of PeacePlayers.

What I have found out already, in my short time with PPI, is how much I am going to learn. Before coming to Israel, I really didn’t know much about the conflict going on here. I had no idea how big of a deal it really is to have Arabs and Jews playing together on the same team, and not only that, but becoming friends. These players break down countless years of prejudice, fighting, and history, and it is basketball that is bringing them together.

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Another Bostonian comes to PeacePlayers Northern Ireland!

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PeacePlayers International Northern Ireland Welcomes a New Member to the family, Shawna Walsh

Name: Shawna Walsh

From: Boston, Massachusetts USA

College: Boston University, BA International Relations
M. Phil Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation Candidate- Trinity College Dublin, Irish School of Economics

Sports Achievements/Accomplishments:

AAU and MetroWest Basketball player, Best Defender Sarah Behn Basketball Camp, Algonquin Regional High School Soccer, Basketball and Softball (ASA League Softball Pitcher, ODP and Premier League Soccer Member) and MVP Varsity Softball

What interested me about PeacePlayers:

Growing up playing three sports (soccer, softball and of course, basketball), I always saw the power in the formation of a team. You find yourself building friendships with people you wouldn’t necessarily have associated with before and form a bond through learning and training. PeacePlayers gives kids the chance to play and interact with others they wouldn’t have necessarily ever met and in an open facilitated platform. In particular, I am most excited to meet these kids, learn from them, and to help create a safe environment for them to learn one of my favorite games!

I came to Belfast to study Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation in what is considered to be a transitioning society. I wanted to be a part of the transformation process through sports because it is an amazing opportunity. Youth will play such a critical role in maintaining peace in Northern Ireland and allowing kids to form a common bond will only help enable change in their communities. The power of our youth cannot be underestimated as a vehicle for change!

Facilitation & Coaching Experience:

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Shawna’s experiences have all been about cross-cultural interaction.

My first facilitation experience post university was with the Global Young Leaders Conference which brought high school students from over 100 countries to Washington, DC and New York to learn cross-cultural communication, leadership skills and strategies in international diplomacy, security and development. The program was life-changing seeing these students grow and learn in just 12 days, making friends across continents and taking on civic leadership roles within their communities!

Having spent the past few years working on a contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), I have seen first hand that capacity-building in the form of facilitated retreats has proven to be pivotal in helping the overall effectiveness of the development work that is carried out all over the world. Working with teams in an office environment surprisingly has a lot of similarities to what you discover within sports teams such as; the importance of inclusion, diversity, playing on individual members’ strengths and mitigating weaknesses to maximize opportunities as well as the “flow” of work and strategy. I’m hoping that my professional background in facilitation, team-building and leadership development will be helpful in my work as a seasonal coach and as a small part of the very energetic PeacePlayers Team during my time here in Belfast.

Fun Facts: I am…
a UN Nerd, a Boston Sports Fan and all that entails, majorly clumsy and own it, an overly obsessive aunt, a twin, and only slightly awkward.

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This One is for Senzo

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Bafana Bafana gets ready to kick off in front of a packed Moses Mabhida Stadium, against Sudan

In today’s blog, Fellow Bryan Franklin reflects on an emotional game at Moses Mabhida Stadium this past weekend.

The news swept across South Africa as violently as the Durban wind in October. On 25 October 2014, Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana’s (SA’s national soccer team) goalkeeper and captain was shot and later died after a robbery of his girlfriend’s house.

Fans honouring fallen star Senzo Meyiwa during the match Saturday. Photo Credit: www.newvision.co.ug

Fans honouring fallen star Senzo Meyiwa during the match Saturday.
Photo Credit: http://www.newvision.co.ug

This wasn’t supposed to be how the story ended. Like so many kids PPI works with, Senzo Meyiwa grew up in Umlazi. While in Secondary School his coach at the time scraped enough money together to take him and a few teammates up to the Orlando Pirates Youth Academy tryout. Meyiwa immediately impressed and went on to play for the club at the junior level, the U-17 National team and made his debut for the senior level Pirates team in 2006. Up until this point , Meyiwa had lead Bafana Bafana to a first place ranking in its AfCon qualifying group, having yet to surrender a goal.

This past Saturday, three weeks after their captain and goalkeeper had passed away, Bafana Bafana took to the field with a chance to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 2008. In honour of their late captain, the match was moved to Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

From the moment I entered the stadium, the emotion and intensity hit me. Posters had been made to honour their fallen leader, and in an experience unlike any other I had been a part of, the stadium joined together for South Africa’s National Anthem. The Anthem in itself has special meaning to the rainbow country. Adopted in 1997, South Africa’s National Anthem employ the five mostly widely spoken of SA’s eleven official languages—Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans, and English. It’s a beautiful representation of a country made up of different backgrounds coming together as one.

A moment of silence followed the anthem. It was to be the last silence of the afternoon, as right from the beginning, Bafana Bafana jumped all over its Sudanese opponent, scoring twice in the first half. Sudan came out strong following the break, threatening multiple times before finally bringing the spread back to one goal with 20 minutes to play. Bafana Bafana’s defense held strong however, and the final whistle blew with a score of South Africa 2 – 1 Sudan.

As the stadium erupted in cheer and the jumbotron flashed: “congratulations South Africa, qualified for the Afcon for the first time since 2008”, there was no question who this victory was for. The game, and the afternoon were another example of a now famous quote made by Nelson Mandela at the Laureus Sport for Good Awards:

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”

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New Intern on Living Life for Peace at PeacePlayers

Matthew (fourth from right) at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel.

Matthew (fourth from right) at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel.

In his first blog post, new Communications and Development Intern, Matthew Agar, explains how he aims to live a life in the service of peace as part of PeacePlayers International. Matthew is a junior in American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC.

The famous rock n’ roller John Lennon once eloquently said, “Imagine all the people living life in peace”. When John sang these words, he dreamed of a world without divisions; he envisioned for a world without borders; he yearned for an end to religious, ethnic, and national strife, and he flirted with the possibility of a world without material possessions. John Lennon spent most of the last few years of his life imagining such a world. I want to make it.

My name is Matthew Agar. I am a 20-year old American Jew from Old Bethpage, New York. I study International Studies, Arabic Language, and Economics at American University in Washington, DC. In my studies, I focus on Peace and Conflict Resolution and the Middle East. While my academic experience seems to be enough information to know I am in the business of peace, what I do outside the classroom shows that I am also living life for peace.

Matthew in front of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.

Matthew in front of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.

So, what does it mean to live life for peace? Living life for peace has three parts: being at peace with the world, living life in peace with the world, and giving life to peace in the world. Each part holds a special place in my psyche that provides meaning to the work I do inside and outside of PeacePlayers.

First, in order to be at peace with the world, I need to help others. As the new Communications and Development Intern at PeacePlayers International, I feel I am doing my part in healing the wounds of the world (Tikkun Olam in Hebrew) one small step at a time. Sure, the work is not glamorous, but it goes a long way to helping PeacePlayers transform the lives of individuals for the better around the world.

Second, in order to live in peace with the world, I need to work towards bridging the divides that separate me from others. Within PeacePlayers, it means supporting the building of connections between different races and religions in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Cyprus and the Middle East. Beyond PeacePlayers, it means unleashing peoples’ inner angels through interfaith dialogue as Chief Operations Officer of the non-governmental organization International Peace Quest Institute.  The constant piece of my work with both organizations is the need to forgive, forget, and unite with past enemies.

Third, in order to give life to peace in the world, I need to have fun. In my spare time, I have fun by playing basketball, practicing boxing, singing, and writing poetry. One of the most fun jobs I have ever had is in my current role as an after-care counselor for Janney Elementary School in Washington, DC. I get to play games and sports with young children and my co-workers; what is more fun than that! Judging by the fun, witty banter of Adam, Taylor, and Gunnar at PeacePlayers Headquarters my first week as an intern, I can already tell that this opportunity will be my coolest gig yet.

PeacePlayers is all about fun.

PeacePlayers is all about fun.

 

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A Super Time was had at PPI-NI’s Super Twinning’s

Operation’s Team Leader Debbie Byrne with two members from her winning team the “Glendoyners”

Operation’s Team Leader Debbie Byrne with two members from her winning team the “Glendoyners”

Operation’s Team Leader Debbie Byrne shares on how Super Twinning’s are vitally important to the work of PPI in Northern Ireland.

Over the last couple of weeks PPI-NI ran two Super Twinning’s – one for children in West Belfast and one for children from North Belfast. What are Super Twinning’s? It is a basketball tournament where children from the twinned primary schools from that area of the city get together and compete against each other.

Coordinator Casey Tryon with some of the happy participants at the West Belfast Super Twinning The afternoon session of the West Belfast Super Twinning

Coordinator Casey Tryon with some of the happy participants at the West Belfast Super Twinning.

The West Belfast Super Twinning happened on Wednesday the 22nd of October and had to happen in two parts because of the number amount of children we had in each of the schools.  West Belfast Coordinator Casey Tryon was delighted with how the day went. On arrival one of the children was disappointed that their twinning partner could not come; she said “but we can’t do it without them”.  The little girl was happy again when she found out she was able to twin with another school for the day.

On the 7th of November we had the North Belfast Super Twinning.  Again, it was another fun filled, competitive day.  Coordinator Joanne Fitzpatrick again organized a wonderful day and the kids went away with red faces and huge smiles.  One of the best things for me on the day was that my team won!

Super Twinning’s are a lot of hard work. It takes a lot of logistical organization and we need a lot of coaches to make it work. However, it is absolutely worth the effort! The children who come take on a whole new identity as they compete with the school they twin with against other twinned schools. They cheer on other teams who are part of their twinning and become one united, integrated team. Bridging divides, uniting communities and developing leaders who make a difference in their communities is what we are all about at PPI-NI.

The Super Twinning’s are a great example of the progress that is being made in establishing a new sense of shared community and identity in historically divided areas. My favorite quote from the day I picked up as one child was leaving the Super Twinning. I overheard one girl say to her friends “it’s not about the winning but it’s about taking part”.  How true!!

North Belfast Super Twinning ended on a SUPER high!

North Belfast Super Twinning ended on a SUPER high!

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Representing PeacePlayers in Qatar!

 

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Dimitris proudly wears his PeacePlayers shirt in Doha!

This past week, Cyprus LDP participant Dimitris Charalambos traveled to Doha Qatar for a week and represented PeacePlayers International at the Doha Goals conference. He speaks about his experience and how he is proud to be a part of an organization like PeacePlayers.

Hello everyone! My name is Dimitris Charalambous and I am one of the Greek-Cypriot members of PeacePlayers International-Cyprus. I have been a part of the organization for two years now, but I am not planning to ever stop being a part. I love this organization because it unites Greek-Cypriots with Turkish-Cypriots by doing what we all love, playing basketball!

First time I heard about PeacePlayers was when a friend came up to me and told me I should come to free trainings in my village, so I decided why not go there. When I learned what PeacePlayers is all about I got really into it because I believe we need to live in peace with the north side of Cyprus. We are all the same no matter what religion or country you are from.

Dimitris NBA legend and humanitarian, Dikembe Mutumbo!

Dimitris meets NBA legend and humanitarian, Dikembe Mutombo!

Last month Peaceplayers contacted me and told me I could apply to go to a program called Doha Goals in Doha, Qatar. I applied and I got accepted to go there. The way I saw it is that I am going there to represent PeacePlayers. I am not going for vacation because PeacePlayers are the ones who gave me this opportunity. When I arrived at Doha for Doha-Goals, I arrived with a different group of Cypriots who I never met before but I become really good friends with them. That did not stop me from making new friends from all over the world with people from America, Africa, Luxemburg, Greece, Nigeria, and from many other countries.

When I told people about PeacePlayers they really liked the idea of the organization and they also shared with me things that they do to stop racism in their country or any other problems they have. By talking with all these people I realized that we are not the only ones who want peace in their country and all over the world. Also, we listened to a lot of debates that talked about sport that were very inspiring. So a big THANK YOU to PeacePlayers International-Cyprus for asking me to apply. I learned many things from this trip like problems other countries are facing and how they are trying to bring peace in their country as we are trying in Cyprus and it inspired me to keep going and never stop. Again, thank you for giving me this opportunity and I will never stop supporting PeacePlayers.

Dimitris making new friends from all over the world

Dimitris making new friends from all over the world.

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