How PeacePlayers Became an Important Part of My Life!

Nursu with one of her PPI-CY coaches.

Nursu with former WNBA player, Evan Unrau, at the 2014 PeacePlayers Summer Camp.

Hello to everybody who is reading this post. Before I start, I just want to introduce myself as PPI-CY Lead4Peace member Nursu, I am a Turkish-Cypriot who’s dream is to play professional basketball. My friends always call me fox because they think I am skinny and crafty. I’m 15 years old and have been playing basketball for about 10 years. I joined PeacePlayers-Cyprus when I was 13 and I am still participating in the program.

Nursu playing basketball.

Nursu playing basketball.

PeacePlayers is a very important part of my life because it makes me happy when I play basketball. I also enjoy meeting new friends from both communities. I first wanted to join when coaches from PeacePlayers came to our school and presented a taster-session of basketball to us. I was really excited to be a part of this event because I felt it could be very beneficial for me and I was right.

At first, I didn’t know that it was a bi-communal organization. When I

Nursu (in the middle) with her long-time PPI friends

Nursu (in the middle) with her long-time PPI friends

attended the first event I was surprised that there were a lot of people from both communities. We were all aiming to be professional basketball players. All of the participants were really nice and friendly.

PeacePlayers has taught me lots of important things, like how to be a good person, a good friend, and a good leader. One of the most important things it has taught me is how to educate the younger generations. The best thing about PeacePlayers is taking part in basketball activities with my Greek-Cypriot friends. Today, I am really happy to be a PeacePlayer International-Cyprus participant and  just as Thomas Jefferson said,
“Difference of opinion was never, with me, a motive of separation from a friend.”
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