PPI-South Africa City-Wide Tournament

by PeacePlayers International

On Saturday, May 26th, PeacePlayers International – South Africa (PPI-SA)  hosted its 22ndsemi-annual City-Wide Tournament for over 800 participants from the primary school program! This year, The Brooklyn Nets, a United States based professional basketball club in the National Basketball Association, was recognized at the tournament for their investment in PeacePlayers.

PPI-SA runs year-round programs for 35 primary schools targeting grade 6 and 7 learners from racially and culturally divided communities in and around Durban. At the end of each semester, PPI-SA hosts a basketball extravaganza where all of these participants come together to learn and have fun in a safe environment.

Most Valuable Players were selected and were rewarded with a brand new Adidas kit.

A key focus of the first of two City-Wide Tournaments of the year is that players are regrouped to form new teams consisting of players from different schools and communities. This process allows for the integration between players from different communities and schools, facilitating the most important goal of PPI, promoting peace among different groups and creating friendships.

It was a beautiful day for the tournament, and the excitement mounted as taxis arrived full of energetic, anxious participants.  As soon as they arrived, each participant was greeted with a gift pack consisting of a t-shirt, cap, water bottle and straw kindly donated by SASOL, a South African-based fuel company.  After receiving their gifts, participants were entertained by Thobani Khumalo, PPI-SA life skills coordinator, through his rhyming beats and educational song “I’m a PeacePlayer.”

“We want to thank the Brooklyn Nets for their global support of PPI programmes,” said Managing Director Marcel van der Heever. “We also extend our sincerest gratitude to Sasol for their many years of support and for helping us make the City-Wide Tournament such a memorable event through their kind donation of matching T-shirts, caps and water bottles for all the kids.”

To start off activities, all participants took part in a team building session to get more comfortable and interact with their new teammates. Teams then competed in basketball games, with each team playing four matches on their respective courts.

In addition to the basketball and fun, Zoë-Life, a partner of PPI-SA, hosted free Voluntary Counseling Testing (VCT) services for HIV/AIDS for anyone older than 16 years of age. This was a first for the City-Wide Tournament, and added unparalleled value to the tournament. PPI-SA bases its life-skills curriculum largely around HIV/AIDS education and awareness, and the presence of Zoë-Life created a supportive and encouraging platform for people to get tested and know their status.

Another highlight of the day was the integration of our Leadership Development Program participants into the City-Wide. Over 40 LDP high school participants came and volunteered as coaches and mentors to their younger counterparts. Many of the LDP participants were a part of the City-Wide as 6th and 7th graders, so it was a special experience for them to now be role models. The champions of LDP for the 1st semester, Molweni, were also awarded their trophy in front of the entire tournament during the closing ceremonies.

On behalf of PPI-SA, we would like to thank everyone, especially its staff, for making the event a huge success and a special day for all.

PeacePlayers International - South Africa (PPI-SA) is a youth education through sports programme that uses basketball and life skills interventions as vehicles to unite, educate and inspire youth from underprivileged communities. Founded in 2001 on the premise that “children who learn to play together, can learn to live together,” the organization currently reaches 1,000 children annually through its Primary School and Leadership Development Programmes.  PPI-SA offers an innovative Life Skills curriculum focused on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention for its participants, developed in conjunction with the Centre for Support for Peer Education (CSPE), a program of Harvard University’s Public School of Health.

PPI-SA is active year-round in 35 primary schools across 7 areas in Durban (Umlazi, Wentworth, Umbumbulu, Chatsworth, Lamontville, Durban City and Molweni), with plans to extend the organization’s geographic presence and impact, with the INK area, Western Cape and Gauteng on the radar for calendar year 2013. PPI-SA also employs 40 young adults who serve as agents of change and older brothers and sisters for the children they coach. Twice a year, PPI-SA brings together all of its participants from these underprivileged communities to participate in a cross community education day where the emphasis is on more than winning, with the key objectives being social integration and fun.

Since the organization’s inception, PPI-SA has hosted the CityWide Tournament event twice a year and it’s a great way to wrap up the semester before schools go on break for Winter Holiday. This year, for the first time, PPI-SA will be offering HIV/AIDS Voluntary Counseling and Testing services at the May 26th Tournament free of charge, through PPI-SA partner, Zo-Life, at the CityWide Tournament.  Trained and certified Zo-Life counselors will be on site in mobile clinics offering testing for all interested individuals, including participants, coaches, school representatives and members of the greater Durban community. Please join PPI-SA staff and over 1,000 of our future stars as we continue to bring value added life skills to children, so that they too, can be inspired and given hope.

What:                           PPI-SA Basketball and Life Skills event

Where:             Hoy Park, Durban City (across from the Durban Ice Rink and Old Convention Centre)

Date:                Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Time:               08:00 – 15:00

Staff Contact:    Ryan Douwie  PeacePlayers International – South Africa, Operations & HR Manager rdouwie@peaceplayersintl.org  079 – 679 -7145


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female empowerment


The year 2011 was a momentous one for PPI – SA in that it marked the organisation’s 10th year in existence. In that time the organisation, with the generous support of donors, schools and other stakeholders, has changed the lives of more than 10,000 children in the Durban area for the better. As Mrs Pillay, the school rep at Berea Primary and a long time supporter of PPI puts it, ‘PPI has given children something to look forward to, and the fun and pleasure that many of them lacked in their lives’. In 2011, PPI – SA had 776 participants in its Primary School Programme (PSP), 100 in the Leadership Development Programme (LDP), and 43 coaches, Area Coordinators and other staff members participated in the Professional Development Programme (PDP).


PPI’s efforts at relationship building received a major boost in July with a visit to the organisation by high profile American television news journalist Ann Curry and her family. Ann, her husband Brian, daughter McKenzie and son Walker spent five days visiting PPI sites, interacting with participants and meeting various stakeholders. Ann had previously done a story on PPI from the USA and wanted to see the South African programme in person. Ann Curry’s family were impressed by the work of PPI – SA and expressed eagerness to help out in various ways. Brian, a business man, will in future work with PPI – SA’s Managing Director in fundraising and building partnerships.

Enhance Programmes

PPI – US has partnered with the Arbinger Institute, an organisation that has developed a curriculum for peace building that is used in other PPI sites around the world. An official from the Arbinger Institute is set to visit PPI – SA in 2012 to assist with the integration. To further strengthen its highly successful Professional Development Programme (PDP), which has trained more than 300 youth in work related skills, PPI – SA has developed a formal curriculum to be delivered in 2012. This curriculum will see workshops on subjects such as CV preparation, interviewing skills, personality typing and career guidance and others, included on PPI – SA’s calendar for 2012.


  • Alcoholics Anonymous partnered with PPI and delivered a talk on alcohol abuse at PPI’s life skills workshops for primary school participants. The workshops brought together the schools in each area to bridge divides and give participants the opportunity to learn from each other.
  • The 18th CityWide Tournament and 10th Anniversary Celebration was held in May and attended by approximately 700 participants. The day started with team building activities followed by games in which participants played in mixed teams. Certificates of recognition were awarded to participants and schools for outstanding performance and contribution to PPI over the years.
  • A Tournament of Champions (TOC) was held for PSP participants on Youth Day and brought together the winners of the intra-area leagues in the first semester for both boys and girls teams. An overall PPI Champion was crowned for both the boys and girls. The date of the tournament was meant to raise participants’ awareness of Youth Day, and to encourage them on the role they can play to bring about change in their communities.
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PPI – South Africa’s City-Wide Tournament

Project Report

November 2011

PeacePlayers International would like to thank all of our supporters.  Here is a brief summary of what all of your generous support has helped us accomplish.

Unfortunately, PPI – SA was unable to host our 19th City-Wide Tournament as planned on October 29th, 2011.  Months of planning was spent prior to the scheduled date, creating relationships with trusted suppliers to have what was necessary to provide our participants with our culminating life skills and basketball event.  However, due to unforeseen circumstances, our City-Wide Tournament did not take place.

In order to make up for the lack of our CWT, each program area hosted in-area tournaments to celebrate a semester full of hard work.  Food was provided by the Department of Sports and Rec while aQuelle (South Africa’s leading flavored, bottle water brand) supplied 1,000 bottles of water, enough for every participant in our entire program.  Our area coordinators headed out to their areas to organize the events, with help from office staff and the area’s school representatives.

We plan to host our 19th City-Wide at the beginning of next year to kick start our program off in the right direction.


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PeacePlayers International

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.peaceplayersintl.org/​
Project Leader:
Adam Hirsch
Development and Communications Associate
Washington, DC United States

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