BWB Africa 2011, Day 4 Recap
The final day of camp started with a visit to the Apartheid museum in the suburbs of Johannesburg. The museum, which charters the history of Apartheid and the ensuing struggles, welcomed the NBA contingent and provided for an evocative and emotional morning.
The abhorrent and ignoble regime was no better summarized that by the following declaration from the House Assembly which stated:
“The white man is the master in South Africa and the white man, from the very nature of his origins and the very nature of his birth and from the very nature of his guardianship, will remain master in South Africa.” [House of Assembly, 1950]
A visibly shaken Alonzo Mourning commented, “While it is amazing how this country has advanced in such a short period of time from when I was last here 17 years ago, as humans and brothers, we can never forgive what happened here in South Africa nor forget the struggles that were overcome to destroy this evil regime.”
The museum focused on the life and times of Nelson Mandela and the role he played to topple apartheid.
Below are sample quotes from Nelson Mandela as featured in the Apartheid Museum:
Respect – “To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that enhances and respects the freedoms of others.”
Courage – “I learnt that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid but he who conquers that fear.”
Forgiveness – “Deep down in every human’s heart there is mercy and generosity.”
Back at the courts, the girls camp ended with an impressive display of basketball with the All-Star game, which set the tone for the boys All-Star game which was up next. The NBA legends and coaches led the two teams which featured representation from 14 countries. The White Team, led by New Orleans Head Coach Monty Williams, got out to a quick start in the first half, but the Black Team made a strong push in the third quarter, coached by Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Lionel Hollins. It was a hard fought fourth quarter, but the White Team was able to hold on to their lead for the win.
Before the camp wrapped, awards were giving to a few campers that performed exceptionally well at Baskebtall without Borders Africa:
McDonald's Three-point Champion - Joel Nongana (Burkina Faso)
South African Airways High Flyer Award - Salif Traore (Mali)
Nike All Star MVP - Hamdi Karoui (Tunisia); Moustapha Arafat (Cameroon)
Nike Camp MVP - Mballa Mendzana (Cameroon)