In July, RC Buford, president of sports franchises for Spurs Sports & Entertainment, traveled to the Middle East to participate in a series of clinics for PeacePlayers International (PPI). He was joined by Sam Presti, executive vice president of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chad Ford, ESPN columnist and professor of conflict resolution at BYU-Hawaii, and Brendan Tuohey, the founder and executive director of PeacePlayers International.