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Zim Team Begins Epic Journey

Ever wonder where America’s cast off school buses go? This one from East Hampton, New York has found a new home in Zimbabwe with Hoops4Hope. This GMC bus symbolizes safety, resiliency and hope for this important non-profit organization. This little yellow bus has excelled in her new environs on the potholed roads of Zimbabwe and is now on a road trip of a lifetime.

Driven by our Zimbabwean director Ngoni Mukukula, joined by Canadian volunteer Yoni Marmorstein along with ten H4H Zimbabwe All Star Coaching staff, the GMC is already en route on this epic journey to Cape Town, South Africa.

The school bus that came from New York two years ago filled with donated used sneakers from across America and plenty of spare auto parts plays an important role in supporting the organization’s operations to deliver hope and hoops to so many in Zimbabwe.

H4H delivers sports programs to over 150 schools in southern Africa that emphasize fun and sportsmanship, while delivering a research based curriculum that enable youth to make better decisions around relevant social issues such as HIV prevention, conflict, drugs and alcohol abuse and gender issues.

The Zimbabwean team is on a long journey south for the H4H International training on Feb 18th, 2010 hosted at the Ikamva Labantu Rainbow Center in Guguletu. They will be sharing and learning about their important development model with their international team, so they can best deliver quality programs across the region.  Training will include new monitoring and evaluation tools and how to use their new SMS based web portal to communicate important real time information that measures the successes, while keeping the H4H family communicating easily across the planet.

This H4H Adventure will not only to bring these coaches to this important training, but will also to commemorate ten years since their last historic trip with Discovery Channel by bicycle around Zimbabwe. In 2000, they bicycled a portable basketball hoop around the beautiful Zimbabwean countryside, met amazing people and played hoops in far off places like Risitu, Honde Valley and Chimanimani, and bungi jumped off the bridge into the stunning Victoria Falls!

Team H4H Zimbabwe is excited to travel safely across the border to South Africa and to celebrate the positive aspects of this great continent, pay tribute to team Togo, and dispel any pre-World Cup Afro-pessimism that seems to be all over the international papers. They have traveled this route safely for twenty-five years and have only amazing memories, and want the world to know that H4H is Creating Freedom Through Sport!  

H4H is a community partner with NBA Cares and is playing an important role at FIFA Football for Hope Center with their Soccer 4 Hope Girls programs.

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