• Kaunda Chama

BWB continues to give to Senegalese communities

Day three of the Basketball Without Borders Africa (BWB) development camp was another eventful one that started at the Dakar Arena and ended with the historic announcement of the Africa Basketball League at the Museum of Black Civilizations in downtown Dakar.

In the morning Boston Celtics center Tacko Fall and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo spent time at S.O.S Children’s Village in Dakar.

For the fifth time, but a first in Senegal, players and guests visited the facility to spend time with the children, mothers, staff and members of the greater community that the S.O.S. Children’s Village supports.

The Village creates families for orphaned children, who are cared for in family-style environments and raised together.  It is comprised of 10 family homes serving 150 youth and creates an inclusive environment for different types of families to live together in a safe location.

The experience at the village ended with some drumming and dancing, and was a memorable morning for all those involved.

In the afternoon, back at the Dakar Arena, BWB teams comprised of four boys teams and two girls teams played their league games. Today will see the Championship games and the All-Star Game selections.

Concurrently, in the town of Thies, the Jr. NBA Africa teams were going through their paces ahead of the second Jr. NBA Global Championships in Orlando next week.

The day ended with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who was joined by Amadou Gallo Fall, President of the Basketball Africa League, Andreas Zagklis, FIBA Secretary General, Ndongo Ndiaye, Special Advisor to the President of Senegal, and the NBA and WNBA current and former players announcing the format and host cities of the Basketball Africa League.

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