PeacePlayers Goes British in Washington, DC

Last week, PeacePlayers went British! Director of Operations Tal Alter was fortunate enough to attend an event at the British Ambassador’s Residence surrounding the upcoming London 2012 Oylmpics, while Communications and Development Associate Hannah Sloss joined other British Embassy partners at the UK’s annual event for the EU Open House. Read all about both events below!

A Royal Affair:

Prince Harry at the British Ambassador’s residence with Nick Booth (right).

Last week Monday, I had the good fortune to attend a small gathering at the residence of the British Ambassador to the United States. The event was co-hosted by the US Olympic Committee and the British Embassy and was held to honor British and American competitors participating in this year’s Warrior Games, an Olympic-style competition between wounded, ill and injured military members.

To add special import to the occasion, Prince Harry was in attendance, making his inaugural visit to Washington, DC. The wife of US Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, made brief remarks, and Prince Harry then planted a tree in the residence’s garden alongside those planted by his parents and grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

Also in attendance was Nick Booth, the Chief Executive of Prince William and Prince Harry Foundation. Mr. Booth, who oversaw the execution of the gift to PPI-NI from William and Kate’s wedding, had nice things to say about PPI-Northern Ireland and Managing Director Gareth Harper.

EU Open House at the British Embassy:

On Saturday, May 12th, PeacePlayers International joined the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. to participate in their event, “This is Great Britain” as part of EU Open House Day. The annual Washington, D.C. event sees the embassies of the European Union’s 27 member states open their doors to the public for day of food, fun and cultural exhibitions. We were delighted to attend. Not only are PPI’s programs in Cyprus and Northern Ireland located in EU countries, but last year our program in Northern Ireland  was a beneficiary to the charitable gift fund of the UK’s royal newlyweds.

Joy Chen volunteered for PPI at the Embassy, helping attract visitors towards our table and our raffle.

PPI joined many other well-known organizations at the British Embassy’s celebration of EU Open House Day. PPI volunteers setup a table in main tent and went to work. We spoke to visitors one-on-one and invited them to participate in our adidas basketball kicks raffle and also donate to our cause. Overall, the day was a success. We raised funds ($200!) and awareness about PPI’s programs to the Embassy’s 10,400 visitors while advocating our grassroots approach to conflict transformation through sport.

Rebecca (left) and Sahtiya (right) speak to Embassy visitors about our basketball and peacebuilding activities.

PPI would first like to thank our enthusiastic and well-informed volunteers from the UCDC program, Joy Chen, Michael Weinberg, Juliana Cooke and Rebecca Keate, and also Jennifer Schiller and Sahtiya Logan, who did such a great job of showcasing PPI and promoting what we do. We would also like to thank the British Embassy in Washington and Ambassador Peter Westmacott for inviting us to participate in their great event. We had a wonderful time and we hope to partner again with the Embassy in the future.

Would you like to get involved with PPI? Sign up to volunteer at one of our future events in the US by sending an email to Hannah Sloss at hsloss@peaceplayersintl.org.

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