Celebration of Service
PeacePlayers was established in 2001 by two brothers, Sean and Brendan Tuohey, with the vision of building relationships and trust through basketball. The global nonprofit offers sports programming, peace education and leadership development in communities rife with conflict — Northern Ireland, Cyprus, the Middle East and South Africa — all around basketball. In 2017, it launched a multiyear partnership with Nike in U.S. communities in Baltimore, Brooklyn and Detroit focused on improving relationships between youth and police. It aims to launch similar programs in Chicago, Los Angeles and Memphis later this year. This is the second year that SBJ has recognized an entity for its Celebration of Service. Last year’s inaugural award went to the Homeless World Cup and was accepted by co-founder, Mel Young.