Giants of Africa to celebrate 15th year across seven countries, says Ujiri
Giants of Africa, the not-for-profit co-founded by Toronto Raptors president, Masai Ujiri on Wednesday announced they would visit seven countries across the African continent this August as part of its 15th anniversary celebrations.
Giants of Africa have been hosting basketball camps and community outreach initiatives in Rwanda, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal.
Ujiri said, “Over the past 15 years, I have seen the impact basketball can have not only on one kid, but also on their entire community.
“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 per cent 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.”
Giants of Africa youth 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 24and conclude in Senegal from August 26 to 28.
The organization will host girls’ camps in tandem with its boys’ camps in Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal. Giants of Africa will also activate local outreach initiatives in the communities of Kakuma, Maiduguri as well as Bingereville, Cote d’Ivoire.
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 the not-for-profit organization 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.
On July 16 in Alego, Kenya 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 NBA athlete, Bismack Biyombo.
Giants of Africa will infuse local flavour into the design aesthetic of each basketball structure to feed into the vibrant youth culture in each African country.