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Our journey to create a diverse network of youth leaders across our borough began in Brownsville,

a neighborhood with so much potential that nonetheless ranks first in violent crime in Brooklyn. Many Brownsville youth do not feel comfortable in neighboring housing developments. Through PeacePlayers, young people in Brownsville and surrounding neighborhoods are accessing safe spaces where they can be themselves, in addition to quality basketball programming, and opportunities to come together to build relationships and become leaders and advocates for their community.

Our Programming

PeacePlayers Brooklyn, within a nationwide network, engages over 100 youth, ages 8-18, in sustained, sports-based after-school programming led by committed and effective local coaches. Combining basketball with leadership development and peace education, our program helps young people develop the skills, attitudes and behaviors that empower them to engage conflict in positive ways and emerge from the program as leaders in their communities. 

PeacePlayers Brooklyn Peace League

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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 (March 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. The Peace League reaches 60 youth annually.

PeacePlayers Brooklyn LDP

Leadership Development program

LDP is designed for high school age youth. The program is structured as a basketball team that creates a culture of teamwork, belonging, and peer-to-peer support. Unlike traditional basketball teams, “tryouts” are not required to join the team. Instead, eligibility is determined by age and commitment to the objectives of the program. The four pillars of the LDP are basketball skills development, personal development, experiential learning, and community service. LDP provides opportunities to mentor younger participants, access caring adult role models, and resources to support their personal development and academic goals. LDP uses basketball to teach life skills on and off the court. LDP participants are also given the opportunity to serve as peer mentors for members of the Peace League program, allowing them to become role models and leaders in their community. In communities where gang involvement is common, PeacePlayers provides an alternative for young people and a network of positive influencers who are invested in seeing youth grow and achieve. The LDP reaches 30+ young people annually.

Summer Camp PeacePlayers Brooklyn

PeacePlayers United STates Summer Camp

PeacePlayers offers a 4-week basketball summer camp for youth ages 8-17. 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. The summer camp has reached over 100 youth since we started in 2017.

Our Impact

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Girl's Peace League
"I really liked the fact that I was able to do more things that I wouldn’t normally do, and I was able to grow my confidence on and off the court with the help of my coach."
-Brianna Benjamin
PeacePlayers Brooklyn’s Diamond reflect on her experience at the PeacePlayers National Girls Summit last Fall
"It was basically uplifting each other and being able to communicate with each other," Diamond said. "And not just with basketball but it also taught us how to communicate with each other outside of basketball in society as well."
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Our Team

Coach Wray

Coach Wray

Program manager, Brooklyn

Location: Brooklyn
Email: cwray@peaceplayers.org

Our Coaches

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Sabrina Domrique

Mary Nnamani

Frank Mena

Our LOCAL Partners

Brownsville Collaborative Middle School

Achievement First Brooklyn

Achievement First Apollo Charter School

Cultural Arts Academy Brooklyn

Cultural Arts Academy Charter School

Betty ShabaZz P.S. 298 Elementary SchooL

UBCL Brooklyn

United Brownsville Cornerstone League

Get Fit Fly Right Brooklyn

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Nike

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Howard Houses Community Center

Brownsville Sports Zone

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