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GOA CAMPS

Since 2003, Giants of Africa has traversed the African continent to host basketball camps and clinics for boys and girls in over 16 African countries, including Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, Botswana, Tanzania, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Senegal and Mali. We try to visit new communities each summer from all corners of the continent with the ultimate goal of reaching youth in every African country so they, too can Dream Big with Giants of Africa.

MOROCCO
TANZANIACAMEROON
SOUTH SUDANSOMALIA
NIGERIAGHANA
KENYARWANDA

MOROCCO


 
2019, a new chapter for Giants of Africa, 6 new countries and endless excitement. First up, Morocco – where the crew made it’s way to North Africa for the first time in the history of GOA. After landing in Casablanca, the Giants of Africa staff drove 4 hours to Ifrane which is located at an elevation of 5,460 ft. On the first day the coaches and crew enjoyed a traditional lunch in the town of Fez, and later explored the markets of Old Medina. Once camp was set to tip off, the focus and eagerness in the campers was on full display. The highlight of the trip, a beautiful back drop provided by the venue found on the grounds of the Michelin Resort.
 
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TANZANIA


 
Another hot August day in Africa, and another Giants of Africa first – this time the team landed in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to continue the mission of youth empowerment through basketball.  The most populous city in the country is banked by the Indian Ocean and serves as the hotbed for the arts, especially fashion, media, music, and film and television.
 
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CAMEROON


 
Our third stop on the GOA 2019 summer tour was Cameroon. The visit was filled with tons of memorable moments, though the clear highlight was the appearance of two surprise guests – Pascal Siakam and Mr. Larry O’Brien. Pascal made two separate visits to camp, and both times, he was completely engaged with the kids. His trademark smile was plastered across his face the whole time. And his presence sent the campers into a frenzy; they could barely contain their excitement and awe. And things went into overdrive when the Larry O’Brien trophy made an unexpected appearance. As Masai handed the trophy to Pascal, the two were completely swallowed up by the adoring, screaming crowd.
 
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SOUTH SUDAN


 
It wasn’t long to feel welcomed in Juba, South Sudan. As soon as the Giants of Africa crew stepped off the plane, they were greeted by members of the South Sudan Basketball Federation as well as staff from the Luol Deng Foundation, including Luol’s brother, Deng Deng. GOA’s own Sarah Chan, who was born and raised in Juba, was monumental in partnering Giants of Africa with the Luol Deng Foundation. Together, at Juba University, on a double court named after the late Manute Bol, the two foundations began their collective initiative – to provide a few days of high-level instruction (and fun) for 53 deserving, talented kids.
 
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SOMALIA


 
On August 22, 2019, Giants of Africa partnered with Elman Peace Centre to run a day clinic in Mogadishu, Somalia. Elman Peace Centre is a non-profit organization that rehabilitates survivors of gender-based sexual violence and child soldiers. The center incorporates art and sports for development. Scars of sexual abuse and violence rob children of their chance to fulfill their potential and sports restore it.
 
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NIGERIA


 
As Ujiri’s home country, Nigeria holds a great deal of memories and importance. GOA began visits to Nigeria in 2003 and it remained the only country until 2014. Sponsored by Nestle Milo, GOA camps feature morning sessions devoted to life skills development followed by a variety of basketball drills focusing on footwork, defense, ball-handling, shooting and passing. Afternoon sessions continue with more drills, followed by 5-on-5 games and motivational talks from Masai. Throughout the years, Giants of Africa has visited the Little Saints Orphanage during their stay in Lagos. Similar to the camps, Masai and GOA provide lessons in life skills to the children and in 2015 committed to provide a basketball net for the children to play in their facility.
 
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GHANA


 
In 2015, Giants of Africa visited Ghana, holding camps on outdoor courts for the first time in our history. Focus was placed on the continuity of learning and development both on and off the court, with local and international coaches attending all three days. Camp in Ghana closed with an All-Star game, which saw some of the country’s brightest young talent compete. On the final day in Ghana, Giants of Africa had a chance to visit SOS Children’s Village and toured the facilities in Tema playing an impromptu pickup game with the kids. Afterward, Masai presented SOS Children’s Village with products and funds to further support their mandate to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children.
 
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KENYA


 
Kenya also holds a place dear to the GOA heart as Masai Ujiri’s mother is a native of the country and in 2014 our first camp took place in Nairobi. Camp in Kenya united some of the best players from across the country for two days of basketball lessons, life-skills and education. In 2015, players who attended the previous year demonstrated growth and mastery of their game. Following a high energy All Star game, Kon Bior was crowned camp MVP. While in Kenya, Masai and Giants of Africa visited Kayole, an underserved neighbourhood in Kenya where we encouraged and inspired local children to always remain hopeful and dream big. This past year, GOA helped fund and launch a new basketball court, as well as donated Nike products and basketball equipment to the Diwopa Catholic Primary School.
 
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RWANDA


 
The 2015 tour wrapped up in Kigali, where Masai’s close personal friend President Kagame held a special dinner for GOA. With the support of the Rwanda Basketball Federation, young basketball players from across the country banded together in Kigali to learn from local and international coaches during on-court drills and life skills sessions. Camp concluded with a fast paced All-Star game where the crowning of the top ten players of the camp and MVP took place. While in Kigali, the GOA team visited Club Rafiki to play with local youth. During our last day in Rwanda, Giants of Africa announced our commitment to re-surfacing Club Rafiki’s local court, installing new backboards and donating products and equipment by Summer of 2016.
 
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