The Basketball without Borders Africa camp gained its momentum yesterday as the NBA and WNBA contingent returned to the Kilamba Arena for another exciting day of basketball drills, games and community outreach. The young campers spent the morning on the floor further working on their positional development skills, before playing a set of games in the early afternoon.
The highlight of the day was the NBA and WNBA players, legends and coaches’ visit to a local school in Luanda to participate in a variety of initiatives supported by UNICEF’s Schools for Africa initiative. The players spent their afternoon engaging with young people in educational programs and a set of sports games on two outdoor courts which included volleyball, football and basketball.
Through the Schools for Africa initiative, UNICEF works with governments, authorities, communities and other partners in 13 countries across Africa to create those conditions that will attract children to school, keep them there and provide them with a safe and protective environment where they can learn and play. To date, Schools for Africa has helped more than 28.5 million children achieve the dream of an education, reaching the most disadvantaged youth who suffer from the negative impact of HIV and AIDS, children affected by armed conflicts and natural disasters, and with disabilities and special needs. NBA Cares supported the Schools for Africa initiative during previous BWB Africa camps in South Africa.
The first ever BWB Africa camp to be hosted in Angola will conclude today with Boys and Girls All-Star Games.