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Hoops and Hope

PeacePlayers International aims to use the game of basketball to unite and educate children and their communities, and Washington and Lee alumna Marina Vasilara, of the Class of 1995, is managing director of PeacePlayers International in her home country of Cyprus.

According to the PeacePlayers’ website, the program that Marina manages in Cyprus hopes to “facilitate positive dialogue and interaction between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot youth, with the ultimate goal being improved relations between the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus.”

Marina attended W&L as a Fulbright Scholar and received a B.A. in  German and a B.S. in business administration and accounting. She had worked in banking in Washington, both at the World Bank and at a private bank, before returning to Cyprus. She became managing director for PeacePlayers International-Cyprus in March 2009.