About Us

Global Game Changers (GGC) is a sports programming and event consultation firm that assists organizations in creating, implementing and evaluating sports for development programs. GGC is comprised of experienced specialists able to provide sports solutions for youth sport clinics, program design & implementation, coaches sports trainings, monitoring & evaluation, and corporate social responsibility initiatives. Find out more about our sport solutions.

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Sports is always more than the game

We help organizations create meaningful impact through sports

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GGC has a successful track record of developing people and communities around the world. Below is a list of some of the countries and clients we’ve worked with across various sports.

Countries

Brazil
China
Colombia
Democratic Republic of Congo
Egypt
El Salvador
Iraq
Jamaica
Japan
Pakistan
Palestinian Territories
Panama
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
South Sudan
Tajikistan
United Arab Emirates
United States

Clients

Sports United
Washington Nationals Youth Baseball
Vaughn College
Lior Lipshits
DUPLAYS Sports

Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Karate
Soccer / Football
Softball
Strength Training
Taekwondo
Volleyball

Meet the Team

Michael, Brian, David, Danny, Josh & Julie all met through PeacePlayers International – Middle East (PPI – ME), a nonprofit organization that uses basketball as a tool to unite children in conflict and post-conflict zones. All except Josh served as PPI – ME Program Directors in Israel and the West Bank. Josh worked in a similar organization that advocated national Arab-Jewish coexistence policy reform in Israel.

David Lasday

Served as the Assistant General Manager for the Maryland Nighthawks minor league basketball team prior to joining PPI – ME. David has consulted for sports development youth leagues and programs around the world. He currently runs the Netanya Hoops For Kids which utilizes the status and influence of professional athletes to teach children life skills and build community. David is one of the founders of Israel Lacrosse and is the Director of Youth Development.   Maryland ‘05, BA

Danny Ourian

Coached basketball at all levels, serving as assistant Men’s basketball coach at John Jay College in New York City and working in marketing with the Harlem Wizards before spending two years in the Middle East as a Program Director with PPI – ME. Since retuning in 2009, he began a private basketball instruction practice, works part-time in the New York Knicks community relations department, and is currently the Director of Sports Programs at the 92nd Street Y.   Wesleyan ’02, BA

Brian Sigafoos

Played college basketball at Harvard and professionally for 2 years in Portugal, Denmark and the USBL. In 2006 Brian joined PPI – ME and led its activities in East Jerusalem and the West Bank towns of Jericho & Tulkarm. In 2008 Brian joined DUPLAYS, a Dubai-based sports services and technology start-up, where he is currently Partner & CTO.   Harvard ’03, BA

 

Josh Simon

Completed his Masters then spent an additional three years in Israel, serving with the Israeli Defense Forces and as a spokesperson for various non-profit organizations. Josh  has written articles relating to Arab-Jewish coexistence policy reform in Israel and a range of geopolitical issues that were published in major international news media outlets.   Hebrew University ’06, MA; Alabama ’04, BA

Michael Vaughan Cherubin

Following the completion of his Masters at American University, Michael spent four years with PPI – ME in Jerusalem, his last two years as Operations Manager. In Spring 2010, Michael began as Program Manager for United for D.C./D.C. United. His duties include managing all aspects of the United Soccer Club program. In January 2013 he began at his current position at the U.S Soccer Foundation, where he supervises technical assistance for the nation-wide Soccer for Success program.   American University ’07, MA; SUNY New Paltz ’04, BA

Julie Younes

Served as Programs Officer at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC before joining PPI – ME in 2008 in Jerusalem, where she focused on implementing sport for development programs for girls and young women. Julie also has extensive experience doing program monitoring and evaluation, first in Senegal with Tostan and currently as the Monitoring & Evaluation Officer for Up2Us and Coach Across America.   Fletcher School of Int’l Affairs at Tufts University ’12, MA; Dickinson College ’06, BA

 

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