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Basketball Without Borders Changes Lives in Africa

Written by H4H ‘Sport and Development’ Partner

Marvin Smith |27 August 2010 

Some of the NBA’s biggest stars have come together in Dakar, Senegal to help instruct in the Basketball Without Borders camp as a part of the NBA’s efforts to support basketball programmes in Africa.

The eighth edition of the Basketball without Borders Africa programme took place from 5-8 August 2010 in Dakar Senegal. The camp combined intensive basketball exercise and instruction with community outreach efforts. One component was a Life Skills session where Basketball Without Borders participant Luc Mbah a Moute spoke about his path from Africa to the NBA, stressing the importance of dedication and education.

“Hoops 4 Hope’s unique life skills instruction using the sport of basketball to teach leadership and HIV/AIDS education and prevention has positively impacted thousands of youth throughout Africa. They have been a valued partner on the Basketball without Borders Africa program. “

-Todd Jacobson; Vice President, Community Relations ,National Basketball Association

That same day, basketball stars Ronny Turiaf and DeSagana Diop led an NBA Cares programme for Special Olympics athletes aimed at improving their fundamental skills and giving them a chance to feel included. The following day the players distributed malaria bed nets to local communities as part of the Nothing but Nets program.  Additionally, the BWB partner Hoops 4 Hope led health education and awareness sessions to teach participants the danger of HIV/AIDS and the importance of living healthy. Basketball Without Borders holds annual sessions worldwide as a way to not only promote the sport of basketball, but to also promote good living and education.