AFRICA WE ARE HERE!

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The second day of the Basketball without Borders Africa camp started with a life skills seminar conducted by current African NBA players Hasheem Thabeet (Tanzania), Luol Deng (South Sudan), Serge Ibaka (Congo) and Bismack Biyombo (DRC) with WNBA legend Clarisse Machanguana (Mozambique) interacting with elite South African female players aged 18 and younger at the BWB Girls’ Camp. Life skills seminars, conducted in partnership with UNICEF and Hoops 4 Hope, are , an integral part of the BWB Africa curriculum, reinforcing the importance to teamwork, leadership, and dedication.

Following the seminar, the campers were divided into teams and took part in a 90-minute skills development session. The current and former NBA coaches and players worked with the young players setting up six stations where the youngsters had an opportunity to practice basketball fundamentals as well as learn ball handling skills from Kyrie Irving, offensive post moves from Hasheem Thabeet, spacing from Lionel Hollins, or practice their jump shots with Luol Deng. The players broke away for lunch to come back on the court later in the day to participate in the afternoon games.

While the campers headed back to the basketball courts after lunch, Adam Silver, NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer, and Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Vice President for Development – Africa, accompanied by the NBA and WNBA players and legends, visited the SOS Children’s Village in Ennerdale, south of Johannesburg. The village consists of 16 family houses and is a home to a group 158 children. Established in 1983, the village has an SOS Kindergarten offering pre-school education as well as provides the local community members with an opportunity to learn new skills enabling them to generate incomes for their own families. As a part of the BWB and NBA Cares initiative, the NBA provided furniture and home appliances for one of the houses whilst the NBA and WNBA players and legends had a chance to visit and spend time with some of the families living in the village.

The second day of the camp also marked a tip-off of the NBA Youth Camp hosted at St John’s College. Close to 60 South African children between 10-18 years of age will have an opportunity to learn from and spend time with NBA coaches and players over the next two days. The NBA hosts the Youth Camp in Johannesburg, South Africa for the second straight year.