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 States.
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.