Playing for Peace
|Type:||NGO working on Drugs|
|Address:||1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
|Country:||United States of America|
||Playing for Peace's mission is to use the game of basketball to bridge social divides, develop leaders, and educate children in regions of the world separated by civil discord. The organization currently operates programs in Northern Ireland and South Africa that bring together children from conflicting groups to play the game and acquire life skills that will enable them to live as friends and neighbors.
In Northern Ireland, Playing for Peace involves nearly 7,500 10-14 year old Catholic and Protestant children who are learning about each other through basketball, a neutral sport with little religious or cultural affiliation. In South Africa, Playing for Peace works with over 15,000 10-14 year old black, white and Indian children, and is breaking down racial barriers, training young adults to be mentors, and educating children about AIDS. In both countries Playing for Peace is led by a network of young adults who serve as coaches, mentors, and role models.