PeacePlayers International will unite more than 1,000 students from 7 different areas of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa for an all-day City-Wide Tournament. Each team is composed of a combination of children from each of the 7 different urban, township, and rural areas. The tournament creates a rare atmosphere where kids from various backgrounds get a chance to play together in a safe environment. Our belief is that, "children who learn to play together, can learn to live together."
PPI - SA not only helps children overcome communal divides, but also teaches concrete ways to stay safe and healthy in the face of Sub-Saharan Africa's staggering HIV/AIDS epidemic. In the country with the world's highest population of HIV-positive individuals, PPI - SA has a crucial double-impact, utilizing the unique coach-player bond to change lives for the better.
Twice each year, PPI - SA gathers its participants together from for "City-Wide Tournaments," the largest youth basketball events in Durban. CWTs include participants from all 7 areas of programming playing on teams together. This year, all 1,000 participants will celebrate a decade of playing together for the greater good, giving them the opportunity to present what they've learned throughout the year to the entire program, serving as a crucial capstone for each semester.
Even though our City-Wide Tournaments operate on a bi-annual basis, it is the signature event of organization, and more importantly, the largest youth basketball event in Durban. It engages local stakeholders, businesses, government and media in our mission of bridging divides, developing leaders, and changing perceptions through basketball.
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Video from a city-wide tournament in 2008