WASHINGTON (AP) — Prince William and Kate Middleton have selected a Washington charity’s work in Northern Ireland as one of more than two dozen charities tabbed to receive donations in lieu of gifts to the royal couple.

On Wednesday, William and Middleton requested charitable gifts instead of presents.

Washington-based PeacePlayers International was started in 2001 by two Washington brothers who wanted to use basketball to unite young people in divided communities.

Last week, William and Middleton met officials from the charity’s Belfast branch during their first visit to Northern Ireland, where PeacePlayers works with young people in Protestant and Catholic communities.

PeacePlayers says it’s the only U.S.-based charity selected by the royal couple. A spokeswoman says they don’t know how William and Middleton learned about their work.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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