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PeacePlayers International - Cyprus (PPI - CY)

Mailing Address: P.O.Box 21428; Physical Address: Home for Cooperation, 28 Markou Drakou Street, 11
1508 Nicosia
Zypern

Ansprechpartner: Marina Vasilara, Adam Hirsch

+357 99 339673; +357 22 445741; +9 0542 8581305
+357 22 660 061
mvasilara@peaceplayersintl.org
a.hirsch24@gmail.com;
http://www.peaceplayersintl.org/locations/cyprus

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Über uns

PeacePlayers International (PPI) is a global nonprofit organization that uses the game of basketball to unite, educate and inspire young people in divided communities worldwide.

PeacePlayers - Cyprus (PPI - CY), founded in 2007, is a locally led, independently registered charity in Cyprus that uses the game of basketball to allow 11-15 year-old Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot boys and girls to play together, learn together and build positive relationships that overcome generations of mistrust and formidable physical barriers to interaction.

PPI - CY is currently the only year-round bicommunal youth sports organization on the island. By facilitating regular, frequent, and structured interaction, it helps reverse prejudices built steadily over years in segregated communities and fosters the long-term trust necessary for true friendship.

PPI - CY's programs include:
• Twinned Basketball Clubs: This island-wide network of basketball teams provides boys and girls ages 11-15 in Greek-Cypriot communities, Turkish-Cypriot communities, and a small number of "mixed" communities basketball and life skills education sessions three times each week, culminating in monthly integrated "twinnings" with teams from the island’s "other" communities.
• Professional Development Program: The Professional Development Program offers professional training to the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot young adults who serve as coaches and mentors for PPI – CY’s Twinned Basketball Clubs. Three integrated trainings take place each year, providing coaches with advanced basketball instruction and comprehensive training in PPI’s peace-building curriculum.
• Leadership Development Program: PPI - CY is beginning to develop the core group of veteran participants necessary to start its own Leadership Development Program, a framework for the cultivation of socially aware young leaders already implemented successfully by PPI in South Africa, Northern Ireland and Israel and the West Bank. The Leadership Development Program is scheduled for launch in the autumn of 2011.

Marina Vasilara is the Managing Director of PeacePlayers – Cyprus.

For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.

PeacePlayers International-Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot HasDer Folk Arts Foundation teamed up to host EarthDance 2009 on both sides of Nicosia's dividing Green Line. Thousands of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot youth came together on Saturday, September 26, first to play basketball in Phaneromeni Square in southern Nicosia and then to dance together in Selimye Square in northern Nicosia well into the morning hours of Sunday, September 27. The event-sponsored by the USAID-funded UNDP Action for Cooperation and Trust program-brought together girls, boys, teachers, students, Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, athletes, musicians, plain old kids and journalists, who covered the event widely.
PeacePlayers International-Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot HasDer Folk Arts Foundation teamed up to host EarthDance 2009 on both sides of Nicosia's dividing Green Line. Thousands of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot youth came together on Saturday, September 26, first to play basketball in Phaneromeni Square in southern Nicosia and then to dance together in Selimye Square in northern Nicosia well into the morning hours of Sunday, September 27. The event-sponsored by the USAID-funded UNDP Action for Cooperation and Trust program-brought together girls, boys, teachers, students, Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, athletes, musicians, plain old kids and journalists, who covered the event widely.
On International Peace Day, PeacePlayers International - Cyprus organized the 'Peace Day Basketball Tournament'. The event was held on the 25th of September 2010 and hosted over 220 Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot children, parents, coaches and volunteers from across Cyprus who came together to play 3-on-3 basketball in mixed teams, listen to music, enjoy food and special activities together in order to celebrate peace. The aim of this event was to bring children from different communities together to play basketball in an inclusive and fun-filled environment, implementing the idea that sport can be used as a tool to help break down social divides and begin to change the negative perceptions children may have about the other community.