Detroit, Michigan, USA
PeacePlayers unites divided communities through the sport of basketball. In the U.S., historical divides driven by race and geography have created an inequitable society. PeacePlayers is working with our partners at Nike to develop a network of young leaders across the United States who come together across community divides and become catalysts in building a more peaceful and equitable society.
The Detroit metro area is a culturally diverse area with large populations of Arab, Latino, and Bengali in addition to large African American and white populations. However, segregation, lack of interaction and fear across cultural and geographic divides prevents the city and many of its residents from thriving. PeacePlayers Detroit is currently working in the primarily African American community of Cody Rouge and the primarily Latino community of Southwest Detroit, with the goal of reaching all seven districts by 2021.
Read about how PeacePlayers Detroit helped welcome fellow PeacePlayers from across the United States in August 2019 as part of the first-ever regional Friendship Games.
Also click here to watch an inspiring video from our partners at Nike featuring Anthony Johnson, Head Coach at the Nike Detroit Community Store, who also coaches and volunteers in support of our PeacePlayers Detroit team, who says about his experience: ““Everybody is welcome, everybody is equal. No matter what your differences are, you’re accepted. I love that.”