In May, DePauw University will be sending a fifth team of 18 students to Belfast, Northern Ireland to assist PeacePlayers International (PPI) in their continuing work to bridge the divide between the Catholic and Protestant communities. Children who play together can learn how to live together. That is the premise of PPI, a non-profit organization that uses the game of basketball to educate and unite young people and their communities in the Middle East, Cyprus, South Africa and Northern Ireland. Working closely with PPI staff, the DePauw Tiger Belfast Team (TBT5) will assist with both in-school and after school programming, as well as the culminating event of the year for PPI, Summer Jam.
Over the years our fundraising efforts have allowed PPI to bus children from all sides of Belfast to this all-day basketball “party.” We have also provided t-shirts for all participants (featuring the DePauw logo), basketballs, portable scoreboards, coaching whiteboards, and more. This year it is again our plan to sponsor Summer Jam by providing transportation and t-shirts, and further, we hope to provide the program customized basketballs featuring the DePauw and PeacePlayers logos.
Please take a moment and watch the video of Summer Jam created by members of last year’s team. You’ll see how the joy of coaching, officiating, singing, and dancing can bring together both those impacted by centuries of conflict as well as those from opposite sides of the Atlantic.
We are excited about the opportunity to learn about life in this post-conflict society and aid in PPI’s efforts to help the two communities move closer to reconciliation. It is a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you for any and all support you can give to this very worthy cause.
Sumner Jam 2017 Video
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