This week’s blog is written by Sean Wright. Sean arrived to Cyprus Wednesday, the 23rd to begin his Fellowship with PPI-CY. Below is a recap of his first couple of days on the island.
My name is Sean Wright and I am the new Fellow here at PeacePlayers International in beautiful Cyprus. Words can’t describe how excited I am to be apart of this amazing team doing something as awesome as this. With that being said, I want to give a little background on myself. I am 23 years old, turning 24 very soon. I attended Providence College in Rhode Island from 2010-2014. While there, I played lacrosse and was captain my final 2 years. Before that, I was a varsity basketball player. My love for basketball has been something engraved in me since I was born. My father played at Boston University and has his jersey retired there so from the day I was born, I had a basketball in my hand.
I have known about PeacePlayers for awhile now. My cousin Rory O’Neil was a Fellow for 4 years, having spent 2 years in Cyprus, then another 2 years in Northern Ireland. I was familiar with PPI’s work but had never thought about becoming a part of this special team until Rory and I had a nice talk about what kind of work I wanted to do. I told him that there was nothing really catching my eye back home, and having known my experience in international coaching, he suggested PPI. He told me all of the wonderful things that I had already known, but this time something clicked with me. Right then I knew I wanted to work in this beautiful country of Cyprus, and be able to do something really meaningful in the world.
I have been here all of 2 days and I can’t wait for more. I got to go with Jessica (another Fellow in Cyprus) to my first practice yesterday on the North side of the island. We went to The English School of Kyrenia to coach girls ranging from Year 3 to Year 6. I had so much fun coaching these girls! They wanted to learn, but most importantly they wanted to have fun. We were laughing, giving high-fives, running around just having a blast. It was after that one practice that I knew I had made the right choice.
Tomorrow is going to be my first twinning, where the Greek Cypriots (GC) and Turkish Cypriots (TC) come together and have a practice. I am very excited for this because this is why I came to Cyprus. Being able to bring these two sides together through the game that brought me so much joy and means so much to me is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I am thankful to PPI for letting me do just that. I can’t wait for what this 2 year journey has in store for me!