Basketball Tourney to Build Bridges for DBN Kids

by | Mar 12, 2013

American basketball player and PeacePlayers International coach, Kristin Degou, gives hands on assistance with a young ballplayer. Degou and her colleagues will have a busy day coaching and inspiring 900 kids from around Durban at the Citywide Tournament. Photo: Sophie Thompson

Hoopfulls of fun will be the order of the day at the 21st basketball tournament, when PeacePlayers International partners with the US Consul General in Durban to host the Citywide Basketball Tournament for over 900 children from underprivileged communities at Hoy Park, on Saturday 16 March.

“The kids participating on the day are all part of our PeacePlayers International programme,” Marcel Van Der Heever, Managing Director stated.

“The PPI programme is currently in 37 primary schools, and has participants from over 20 high schools from Umlazi, Molweni, Umbumbulu, Lamontville, Wentworth, Chatsworth, Waterloo and Durban City.”

Concluding, Van Der Heever said, “We use the fantastic game of basketball in conjunction with life skills as vehicles to bridge divides, develop leaders and change perceptions. PPI-SA was founded in 2001 on the premise that ‘children who learn to play together, can learn to live together’.”

The aim of the day is to bring the children from various areas, backgrounds and schools together; children will be regrouped to form new teams with children from other schools and other areas to purposefully facilitate meaningful interactions between them.

Coaches from PeacePlayers, along with star players from top basketball-playing schools, will be assigned to each team to lead them at the event.

US Consul Public Affairs Officer, Najlaa Abdus-Samad commented, “Basketball being one of the main sports in the USA, has proven its power to unite and inspire children and their communities and with the PPI programme being close to our hearts, we strongly believe in the mission and vision of PPI-SA.”

For further information, contact Ryan Douwie on 079 – 679 7145 or [email protected]


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