Brendan Tuohey is co-founder, with his
brother Sean, and executive director of PeacePlayers International.
PeacePlayers International uses basketball to unite and educate young
people in divided communities. Driven by the idea that children who play
together can learn to live together, PeacePlayers International has
worked with thousands of young people across the globe, with offices in
the Middle East, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Cyprus and the United
In 2015, Tuohey was named one of 50 Most
Inspirational People in Sport by Beyond Sport. In 2008, he received the
Laureus Sport for Good Award, which recognizes individuals who make
transformational contributions to society through sport, at the Laureus
World Sports Awards in St. Petersburg, Russia. And, at the 2007 ESPYS,
two leaders from PeacePlayers’ program in Northern Ireland were awarded
the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
Tuohey was an Aspen Ideas Festival
Scholar and a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, and
serves on the board of directors of the Lilabean Foundation for
Pediatric Brain Cancer Research. A 1996 graduate of Colgate University,
where he majored in philosophy and religion and played basketball,
Tuohey received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from
Georgetown University this year.