Sean Tuohey believes basketball can change the world. In 2000, he co-founded PeacePlayers International, on the idea that kids who play together can live together in areas of conflict. PeacePlayers uses baseketball to cultivate relationships among young people in historically divided regions of the world. Sean launched PeacePlayers in Durban, South Africa, Belfast, Northern Ireland and in the Middle East, (Israel and Palestine). Today, the organization operates globally.
In recent years, Sean formed PATH, the Partnership for Athletics Transformation and Health, which works to address adverse behaviors that may be indicative of early and chronic exposure to trauma through sports therapy. Relatedly, Sean developed a curriculum that fuses sport and mental health skills and strategy for all young people. This unique curriculum teaches self regulation through a practice framework, extracting the tools already inherent in sports.
Sean played his high school ball at nationally-ranked, Gonzaga High school in Washington, D.C.. After spending his freshman year at Lehigh University where he was named Patriot League All Rookie team, Sean transferred to Catholic University, where he led his team to consecutive Sweet 16’s. Sean spent a year playing basketball for a team in Irish National League (Belfast 2nd Division) which is where he came up with the idea for PeacePlayers.