Champions Crowned in South Africa

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Durban basketball players excited to start the City Wide Tournament!

It’s been 7 months, 30 weeks, and 150 hours of hard work and dedication by PeacePlayers International – South Africa coaches and participants.  Last Saturday the program season ended with the 26th City Wide Tournament, sponsored by the Laureus Foundation South Africa and Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.  Approximately 500 participants, 50 volunteers, and 21 PPI-SA coaches and staff took part in the day-long tournament.

Primary School Tournament

IMG-20151103-WA0001The Primary School Program saw 15 girls and 15 boys teams compete for the crown, including teams from the Lungisisa Indlela Village (LIV), Molweni All-Stars, and Highbury Preparatory School.

In the girls division, Molweni, LIV, Carrington, and Barea advanced to the semi-finals.  In the final Molweni narrowly edged out Berea Primary school by a score of 8-6.  In the boys division, Addington took home the crown for the 2nd year in a row in a closely fought contest.

Leadership Development Program (High School) Tournament

On the other side of the park, the Leadership Development tournament was in full swing with the largest turn out of teams in more than 5 years – 8 boys teams and 7 girls teams.  PPI-SA welcomed a team from the Church Alliance for Social Transformation (CAST) in both the boys and girls section.
IMG-20151101-WA0012In the girls division finals, Lamontville and Umlazi faced off in a tight game, ending in a tie.  The game was forced to a sudden death free throw contest in which Umlazi TT/Janda edged out Lamont for the 2015 City Wide Championship.  It was an incredible victory for a team which was formed earlier this year.  In the boys division final, CAST diminished Umlazi’s hope of a City Wide sweep with final score of of 26-17.

Congratulations to all the participants of the 2015 PeacePlayers International – South Africa Program!  A special congratulations to the champions of the 2015 City Wide Tournament:  Molweni (Primary School Girls), Addington Primary School (Primary School Boys), Umlazi – TT/Janda (Leadership Development Girls), and Church Alliance for Social Transformation (CAST) (Leadership Development Boys)!  A special thanks to the Lead Sponsor, The Laureus Foundation South Africa and to the Nelson Mandela Children’s fund for supporting the 26th City Wide Tournament.  PPI-SA would also like to thank all the schools, school representatives, communities, volunteers, and coaches who made this year possible!

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