A high school team all geared up and and ready for the day.
On the 2nd of June 2018, PeacePlayers South Africa hosted its 30th City Wide Tournament at Hoy Park Sports Grounds. The City Wide Tournament is a bi-annual event put on in the months of June and October. This event brings together over 500 youth in the PeacePlayers programme and approximately 100 youth from external schools around KwaZulu-Natal. What’s more, the unique thing about this tournament is that children are mixed with players from others schools and compete in these mixed teams throughout the day to further facilitate interaction.
The external schools that attended this were YMCA PMB, Kingsway High School, Pinetown Boys High School and LIV Village, bringing the total number of participants on the day to approximately 700. Volunteers also came in their numbers to support and assist on the day, which made the tournament even more of a success.
The excitement amongst the children could not be held back by the paddles of water on the court from the rain the previous night. Everyone was in high spirit and ready for the day. By 10 am the clouds cleared and the sun came out to play. The entire event was truly a team effort. Thembinkosi “Mtu” Zulu got the participants warmed up for the day ahead, with a unique aerobics basketball themed warm up. On the mic, managing the fixtures and master time was Sbahle Mkhize, Nasiphi Khafu hosted and gave our guests of honor a detailed tour of our event, and last Thobani Khumalo, Ntobeko Ngcamu and Sfiso Mthembu made sure the games were played in true PeacePlayer style.
Mtu facilitating the warm up.
Throughout out the day we had radio interviews being conducted by the SABC Foundation with participants. Furthermore, the US Consulate General Durban, who were also our guests of honor did some video interviews with participants. Sherry Zalika Sykes, USA Consul General – Durban, was a delight to have as a guest of honor. During the prize giving she addressed the participants, and engaged them with stories of how she, herself played basketball and how proud she was of the young players for taking part in this event.
Sherry Zalika Sykes addressing the participants during the awards ceremony.
The event would have not taken place without the financial support from the National Lottery Commission. We thank you. Also, a major thank you to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, YMCA PMB and Spring Light Gas (SLG). More especially to SLG for sponsoring the beautiful playing kits that the Leadership Development Programme participants were wearing. Lastly, thank you to the PeacePlayers South Africa coaches and volunteers for your outstanding work on the day.
LDP Participants playing the newly purchased SLG Kits.