PeacePlayers South Africa (PPSA) hosted their 33rd City Wide Tournament (CWT) on Saturday, the 26th of October at Hoy Park Sports Grounds in the central business district of Durban, South Africa. PPSA’s CWT is a bi-annual event held every June and October which brings hundreds of youth together from 25 schools and organisations where PPSA facilitates weekly programming throughout the year. This tournament was the culmination of another successful and unifying programming year. Congratulations to the four champions (pictured below) who were crowned on this day: Girls Primary School – Sekelani Primary School (Green), Boys Primary School – Highbury Prep School (Blue), Girls High School – LIV Village (Red), Boys High School – Inner City: Sparks Estate Secondary School, Sastri College High School, Rossburgh High School, Durban High School, and Glenwood Boys High School (Maroon). Regardless of the outcomes of the 80 games played on this day, all attending schools are PeacePlayers and champions in their communities.
The day started with staff, parents, volunteers, medical staff, the MC, and the DJ amongst many others arriving early to set up the venue. These individuals worked hard throughout the sunny day, ensuring that all 600 youth were taken care of and this event wouldn’t have been possible without them. Additionally, PPSA had the support of 30 Ignition Group volunteers which was made possible by Laureus SA Sport for Good Foundation. Ignition Group’s volunteers were amazing throughout the entire day and were generous in capturing the event through video which you can find here. You will find highlights of the day in this video including sporadic dance competitions initiated by MC and PPSA alumna, Noluthando Msweli and crowded championship game courts from a birds eye view captured through drone footage.
The event’s theme, “Stop Women and Children Abuse”, was aimed at bringing awareness to a major ongoing issue in South Africa. Participating schools were asked to make posters (pictured below) during their weekly life skills through basketball sessions in preparation for the CWT. PPSA’s goal was to trigger meaningful conversations through these poster drawings early on in their participants development into adulthood so they will be advocates for the cause and blossom into examples of proper treatment of others. The hashtag #StopWomenAndChildrenAbuse was imprinted on the back of staff/volunteer shirts and was used on social media to capture these posters. Heading into the next programming year, PPSA will continue to take a stand against women and child abuse along with other matters that arise in the country pertaining to socio-economic issues, diversity, equality, etc.
It has been another year where the youth of South African have become more unified through the game we all love. No matter the language barrier, cultural differences, or ethnic differences, basketball helps us see beyond that and puts a smile on the faces of everyone involved. From the principals, to the school reps, to the coaches, to the funders, PPSA appreciates everyone for making events and programming throughout the year possible. We are all paving the way toward a more peaceful society.
PPSA would like to extend a special thank you to DYR 105.1 FM and Ukhozi FM for radio interviews pre and post CWT as well as the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation for donating trophies. If you’d also like to support to PPSA’s initiatives, please donate today here and follow PPSA on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube to stay up to date on the latest in South Africa. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for partnership/sponsorship request. #PeacePlayersSAUnite #StopWomenAndChildrenAbuse