ABC Camp in Zim: Strike Team Successful in Round 2!
Our Zimbabwean H4H Strike Team was in full effect this past weekend (18 & 19 Feb 2011), as they delivered another successful ABC Camp at a new location: Hillcrest College in Mutare! Basketball is definitely going strong in the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe. According to H4H Director of Ops, Ngoni Mukukula, “We had a blessed moment at Hillcrest College. The athletes had a wonderful time. Coaches were just fired up. The reception that we were given at Hillcrest was out of this world, a million thanx to Hillcrest College, mostly to coach Ted!”
Check out the latest pictures of the action, including the Strike Team Coaches, Legend Coach Ted de Wolf, and Ngoni!
Please find a personal account of the amazing weekend, written by our Director Ngoni Mukukula:
On the weekend of 18 and 19 February 2011, Camp ABC took its first baby steps out of Harare and travelled east to the city of Mutare, where camp organizers and H4H shared the fun and lessons found in the universal game of basketball.
Hillcrest College was our destination – a place of high mountains and tranquil green valleys. The H4H Strike Team couldn’t have dreamed of a better setting!
Our dream to go rural was partly realized as boys and girls from as far away places as Marange and Rusape benefitted from our weekend programs. Our participants were a good mix of urban and rural kids.
Like they say, history repeats itself! Standing there at the bottom of this huge mountain, I felt like this recent outreach was a true ‘rendition’ of the year 2000, when Hoops 4 Hope Founder, Mark Crandall, Mark Gamble, Jeff Gamble and Ngoni Mukukula left feet marks in the sand by taking basketball to the most remote areas of Zim on bicycles.
Mutare was one of our many stop overs. The sight of the Christmas Pass- a mountain of enormous gradient and sharp curves, brought back all the memories again. Mark rode that giant-of-a-mountain single handedly.
Believe me, it feels like yesterday! That, right there, was the original H4H Strike Team.
I was also delighted to meet a great friend of mine and of Hoops 4 Hope’s, Ted De Wolf, after not seeing him for a very long time. In my view, Ted is the most passionate and patriotic American Zimbawean anyone can ever meet. The All Stars found Ted very inspiring. “Ted has a wealth of basketball knowledge. I liked the way he taught the lay up”, remarked Shaka, an All Star, for DZ and Blakiston.
But listen to what Ted himself had to say in a video interview! “Mark, you know my passion for taking basketball to the rural areas. I am so proud of what Hoops 4 Hope is doing for these folks and I want you to keep it up!”
A message for Mark is what we brought back to Harare. We left the people of Mutare with basketball and invaluable Life Skills!