PeacePlayers Baltimore, within a nationwide network, engages over 75 youth, ages 8-18, in year-round and multi-year basketball training, conflict resolution education and leadership development activities. Programs are divided as follows:
PeacePlayers offers an 8-week basketball summer camp for youth ages 10-18. Summer programming is a combination of basketball skills development and experiential learning activities. Summer camp serves as an added enrichment program for youth that allows them to experience the best of our basketball and leadership programming.
Peace League is an after-school leadership through sports program serving youth ages 8-13. Peace League creates a safe space for youth to have fun and build friendships with peers across community divides, as well as opportunities to access positive, caring role models in their coaches. Peace League is offered in the Fall (September through December) and Spring (February through June). Sessions, which take place 1-2 times a week, include a combination of leadership workshops and basketball drills. Cities also host Twinning events that bring together youth in the Peace League program.
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LaToya learned about PeacePlayers while pursuing a master’s degree at Georgetown University. Upon completion of the program and earning a Master’s in Sports Industry Management, she applied for the PeacePlayers International Fellowship. In January 2015 she began working as an International Fellow in the Middle East where she spent two and a half years working in Israel and the West Bank. During her time as a fellow she worked on multiple cultural exchanges, helped manage the programs in Jerusalem and Central Israel, and managed the Jr. Leadership Development Program. After completion of the fellowship, LaToya returned to Maryland and spent some time teaching, coaching, and working in recreation for the City of Greenbelt before reconnecting with PeacePlayers as the Director of Baltimore.
LaToya grew up in Germantown, Maryland and played 4 years of varsity basketball at Seneca Valley High School. After high school, LaToya went on to play 4 years at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. While at Shepherd, her team competed in the WVIAC conference and she was selected as an ESPN Division II East Region Academic All-American and, in her senior year, she was a team captain and nominated as a WVIAC honorable mention. LaToya graduated with a bachelors in Sport and Event Management with honors.
Through her travels abroad, LaToya has seen firsthand the power of sport to break down barriers and bring people together. This was very evident when she spent a year teaching in South Korea and her volleyball skills allowed her to bond with the principal and teachers of her school very quickly despite language and cultural differences. LaToya is excited to combine her passions for working with youth, serving the community, and learning about different cultures and communities to make a difference locally.
Chineze Nwagbo started her basketball career at Duval Senior High School, in Lanham, Maryland, where she is recognized as a four-year varsity letter recipient and two-time team captain. Her honors include 2 back-to-back State Championship Titles, All-American Honorable Mention, All-County First Team, All-Gazette, USA Today’s Most Improved and Most Important Player to Scout in Maryland, amongst a plethora of other accolades.
She is a former Syracuse University student-athlete, who earned her Business of Science degree in Biology. Shortly after graduating from Syracuse, Chinny went on to play all over the world as an International Professional Basketball Player for 11 years. She has played in various countries such as Spain (6-years), Chile, Brazil, Poland (3-years), Portugal, Israel, where she afforded 4 most valuable player (MVP) Titles, appearances in championship games, and a special appearance in the World Championship Games in 2006, representing her parent’s native country Nigeria.
After her retirement from basketball in 2016, Chinny ventured to new horizons working for the NBA, in China, developing grassroots implementation of NBA based basketball curriculum in various areas of Jr. NBA programs, also for the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders developmental camps, and has been brought on to work with the Atlanta Hawks, NY Knicks, Washington Wizards, and the National Basketball Players Association as a youth development coach and mentor.
She is also a Sports Diplomat (Envoy) for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Sports Diplomacy program, which was designed to use platforms in sports as transformative power to create social change in global communities around the world by bridging divides, creating cultural understanding, supporting women’s empowerment (& gender equality), advocating safe environments for kids with disabilities to play, and championing what America stands for.
As an Envoy, Chinny has traveled to various parts of the world, building relations with a myriad of different U.S. Embassies, sports federations, administrators, coaches, and players. She has also dedicated her time as a Motivational Speaker to various youth programs and amazing non-profits geared toward providing resources for underprivileged underserved inner-city kids around the world. In her spare time, she has appeared on New Channel 8’s SportsTalk show as a guest sports analyst and hopes to play an instrumental role in the growth of the game, especially serving as a role model for young girls.