Basketball outreach program Giants of Africa (GOA) which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year will host its first girls training camp in Kenya between August 16-19th.
The girls’ camp which will run concurrently with the boys at Brookhouse School in Nairobi is part of GOA’s annual chain of initiatives held across the continent. GOA will also activate its program in Kakuma, Turkana County.
The not for profit organization will also visit Rwanda, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Senegal.
“Over the past 15 years, I have seen the impact basketball can have not only on one kid, but also on their entire community,” said GOA founder and Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri.
“When I started Giants of Africa, I envisioned providing African youth access to the game and empowering them to achieve their greatest potential. With 63 percent of Africa’s population below the age of 25, we have a huge goal and responsibility to help them develop. We are excited that this year we are able to extend our reach further across the continent to help realize that dream,” he added.
GOA recently announced a game plan to develop multiple basketball courts in an effort to nurture the next generation of African leaders. On July 16th in Alego, Siaya County, they unveiled a court built in partnership with the Sauti Kuu Foundation. The launch event was attended by notables including President Barack Obama, as well as Charlotte Hornets star Bismack Biyombo. Giants of Africa will infuse local flavor into the design aesthetic of each basketball structure to feed into the vibrant youth culture in each African country.
The camps will kick off in Rwanda from August 6 to 8, Democratic Republic of Congo from August 10 to 11, Uganda from August 13 to 14, Kenya from August 16 to 19, Nigeria from August 21 to 24 and conclude in Senegal from August 26 to 28. The girls’ camps will also be hosted in Nigeria and Senegal.
Ujiri launched Giants of Africa in 2003 in Nigeria, with aspirations to leverage basketball as a tool for young boys and girls to Dream Big, and maximize opportunities for their future in Africa. Since its’ inception, GOA has expanded its footprint and programming across the continent and beyond the game prioritizing skills training and personal development encompassing basketball, health and wellness, leadership and social impact.
In addition to activating basketball camps and community outreach initiatives in August, Giants of Africa also trains local coaches in each community to learn from international premier level coaches. Each year, local and international coaches unite to serve as role models for youth participants to teach, motivate and encourage them to continue working hard to achieve their goals.
A native of Nigeria, Ujiri’s love of basketball paved his way to becoming the first African-raised general manager for a major North American sports team. Giants of Africa leverages basketball as a tool for young boys and girls to Dream Big, and visualize opportunities for their future in Africa and around the world.