After graduating from Catholic University, Sean Tuohey spent time
coaching cross-community basketball in Northern Ireland.
recognized the unique role sport could play in bringing people
together across societal divides.
A police chief in Belfast he
befriended suggested that what worked in Northern Ireland could also
help in post-apartheid South Africa. With seed money raised from
family and friends, Sean and his brother Brendan launched
PeacePlayers (then Playing for Peace) in 2001.
Working hand-in-hand with local coaches and friends,
grew rapidly. By 2003, the organization had not only returned to
Northern Ireland, but also earned a grant from the Laureus Sport for
In 2005 and 2006, programs were launched in Israel and the
West Bank and then in Cyprus.
Focusing on the importance of local
ownership and sustainability, each program site developed its own
leadership, funding and program management .
In 2017, PeacePlayers partnered with Nike
to bring its learnings to
help take on the pressing social divides in the United States. An
entrepreneurial spirit and building of authentic relationships with local
leaders drives our organization as it approaches is next twenty years of
growth and impact.
Learn About our theory of change
Through basketball programming, peace education, and leadership development, PeacePlayers empowers youth to build peaceful and equitable societies. Our network of young leaders are changing communities around the globe.