Coming Spring 2022

A NEW youth led, global initiative

An initiative that will support and connect PeacePlayers alumni as they grow into young professionals, advocates and leaders. This will provide practical educational and professional development opportunities while amplifying the collective power of PeacePlayers’ movement.

Meet the steering committee

The youth behind the months of planning and creation.


Sophie Kennedey

5 years with peaceplayers northern ireland

Age: 22

Occupation: Communications major at Ulster University and marketing intern for ESPN UK

Reason for joining: I felt passionate about reconnecting with old alumni to continue to create positive change throughout each of our sites. It was the right time to get out of my comfort zone with a different role to what I’m used to within the organization. Overall, I cannot wait to team up with participants and coaches as we continue to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders across the globe.”


Beth Clark

10 years with peaceplayers northern ireland

Age: 18

Occupation: Highschool Senior

Reason for joining: “I really wanted to get involved in something new and exciting and I love the idea of working with people from around the world.”


Sinem Yandas

8 years with
peaceplayers Cyprus

Age: 18

Occupation: Education Major at Girne American University

Reason for joining: I thought it would be a great experience for me since it’s my first year as an alumni


Brady Rutherford

1 year with
South africa

Age: 18

Occupation: High School Senior

Reason for joining: “I look forward to being involved with the Alumni Steering Committee to strive to lead by using my ability and passion to help people communicate and understand each other better to create a comfort and unity within each other as people of the world. I believe in the mindset that we can do whatever it is we strive for, and I am truly convinced that together we can change the world for the better if we aim for it.


Casey Pearson

2 years with

Age: 20

Occupation: Communications Major at Michigan State University

Reason for joining: “I want to be someone who helps the community by taking leadership initiatives.


Noluthando Mandisa MsweliAge (Thando)

9 years with
peaceplayers South Africa

Age: 26

Occupation: Operations Manager for PeacePlayers South Africa

Reason for joining: “I have a strong belief that if you invest in people, you invest in the sustainability of the organization. This [Global Initiative] is a platform to create and empower individuals, so I would love to be part of the creation of something that can affect a lot of positive change in and around our sites.


Sofia Niki Georgiou

9 years with
peaceplayers Cyprus

Age: 18

Occupation: College Graduate with a Degree in Radiotherapy

Reason for joining: “PeacePlayers is a massive part of my life. Since I graduated from the LDP I’ve been involved with PeacePlayers in any part I can even when I wasn’t coaching. It will be cool to build something that can keep PeacePlayers alive for alumni.”


Malak Ayoub

12 years with peaceplayers Middle East

Age: 21

Occupation: Communications Major in the Hebrew University

Reason for joining: “PeacePlayers has changed my life, it taught me a lot, I just want to encourage other and younger Palestinian kids to aspire for a better change and I hope someday I’ll be the person that I as a kid always searched for. And to basically walk them through their journey.”


Raishan Bernard

2 years with
peaceplayers Brooklyn

Age: 20

Occupation: Computer Science Major

Reason for joining: I want to do more and impact the youth. I want to set an example kids can look to and I’m passionate about it.


Toot Imbar

11 years with
peaceplayers Middle East

Age: 23

Occupation: Project Manager at PeacePlayers

Reason for joining: “I have been a part of PeacePlayers for nearly half my life, by now it has become more so that PeacePlayers is a part of me. This is the main goal for my joining [this new Global Initiative], to create a program that supports me and my peers from around the world to continue carrying PeacePlayers – the friendships we made, the values we were educated upon, the experiences we had and the skills we acquired – as we pursue our personal and professional goals.”

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