Since 2001, PPI has recruited 75 outstanding post-collegiate scholar-athletes to serve two year terms with its programs. PPI Fellows share their basketball expertise, serve as mentors and role models, and act as neutral facilitators for PPI coaches and participants. Fellows also benefit from an exceptional educational and professional experience abroad and are at the forefront of a worldwide movement to use sport as a vehicle for social change.
After completing their fellowships, PPI alumni have gone on to pursue careers in fields including finance, sports management, social entrepreneurship, and international development. They have attended graduate schools including the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Columbia University Business School, Tuft’s Fletcher School of Diplomacy, and the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Others have gone on to work for organizations like Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, ELEVATE New Orleans, MEET (Middle East Education Through Technology), and DuPlays (Social Sports in Dubai).
As part of his graduate degree, alumnus Harry Morra (NI ’08) is leading a research project at Lehigh University to evaluate the impact Fellows and Program Directors have had on PPI, as well as how Fellows’ international experiences have helped them grow as individuals. With this formal evaluation, PPI hopes to secure ongoing funding for the Fellows program.
Stay tuned for stories from PPI alumni who share how peace-building through sport has affected them professionally and personally.
Read alumnus Adam Hirsch’s reflection on his two and a half years in Cyprus here.