BWB Africa Day 3
The third day of the Basketball without Borders Africa camp started off with a life skills seminar on the courts of the American International School. NBA players Bismack Biyombo and Roger Mason Jr. along with the Hoops 4 Hope facilitators spent an hour participating in various team building exercises and spoke about the values of team work and leadership.
“We’re teaching the kids about working in a team, how to work hard to reach one’s goal, how to be patient with the process and how to trust each other” said Biyombo. “They’re doing good. Overall it’s a lot of fun for me and the kids.”
Biyombo and Mason Jr were joined by Terrence Jones, Tobias Harris, Amir Johnson, Greg Monroe, Kelley Cain and Clarisse Machanguana in the next session of the on-court activity. NBA and WNBA players and coaches ran skills stations development for the next hour. Basketball games followed in the afternoon as the teams battled for a spot in the championship game on Friday.
After lunch, NBA players and coaches visited Diodi Primary School in Soweto to participate in educational programs supported by UNICEF’s Schools for Africa initiative. During the visit, the group participated in an anti-bullying dialogue with the students, played traditional South African games and made mural hand-prints in one of the classrooms:
“Just seeing the kids and how education is important to them is unbelievable” said Amir Johnson of the Toronto Raptors. “It’s a humbling experience and it pretty much transpires through us being here. It puts everything in perspective, just for us as athletes, just to know how big of an impact we have for the world and share with the kids what we do, it’s just surreal.”
The day finished with Amadou Gallo Fall, Masai Ujiri and Bismack Biyombo’s appearance at the Supersport studios on the Thursday Night Live with Robert Marawa, the biggest sports show in Africa. They spoke about the exhibition game to be hosted in South Africa next year and about the impact basketball has on young people in Africa. The Memphis Grizzlies’ Grizz Girls dance team provided entertainment for the show.
BWB Africa 2014 wraps up tomorrow with the boys and girls All-Star Games to be hosted at Wembley Stadium in downtown Johannesburg.