Peace Players International continues to shine worldwide
WASHINGTON - Former CUA student-athlete Sean Tuohey has certainly become one of the most successful alumni in recent years. Tuohey, along with his brother Brendan, founded Peace Players International, which is a global non-profit organization that uses basketball to unite children and develop leaders in conflicted countries across the world. Since the organization was started in 2001, it has become a hugely successful program, serving 45,000 children in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Cyprus, New Orleans, and the Middle East.
Sean, a guard and former captain of the men's basketball team, completed his bachelor's degree with honors in history in 1999. Sean's interest in international athletics was sparked when he played in the National Irish Basketball league in 1999-2000, shortly after graduation. While there, he discovered that Catholic and Protestant kids never played together, and neither group knew basketball. He wanted to incorporate his love for athletic competition into a global effort to get kids of different races and backgrounds to come together.
After returning home, the two brothers worked out of their parent's basement, raising money to start Playing for Peace. The program started out small, serving just Ireland, but quickly grew as they expanded to South Africa. The program seeks to unite people of different races and background through basketball clinics and tournaments. They train and employ local coaches and include leadership training for players. The program has become a daily part of kids' lives across the world, encouraging friendly competition and active participation.
Today, although the company is based out of Washington D.C., Sean works internationally, and moved to Israel last summer to start Playing for Peace there. In 2004, he was awarded a CUA Young Alumni Merit Award. He has been featured in numerous national magazines and television specials and was named one of DC's most successful young professionals by Washingtonian magazine. Most recently, Peace Players has made headlines by being chosen as a charity selected by the Royal Couple in England, to which people will donate in lieu of gifts for the upcoming Royal Wedding.
Story by Tara Juliano '11