Giants of Africa is committed to making a difference, not only in camps, but also in the communities our campers are a part of. During our journey through Africa each summer, GOA coaches and staff visit various underserved areas, charitable foundations and refugee camps in our host countries. Our visits include similar clinics offered at our camps, including basic basketball drills, inspirational and educational talks, life lessons, product give always and impromptu basketball games.
SAUTI KUU FOUNDATION CENTER
As part of the launch, Giants of Africa opened up a custom court that featured 90 youth from the community that participated in a minicamp. Masai Ujiri was joined by President Obama, Auma Obama, Jama Mahlalela (Raptors 905, Head Coach), Patrick Engelbrecht (Toronto Raptors, Director of Global Scouting), Amadou Fall (NBA Africa, VP, and Managing Director) and Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Hornets).
RAFIKI CLUB BASKETBALL
The Giants of Africa team joined local kids at the Rafiki Club in Kigali to learn basic skills and game play. Kids participated in a fun round of “Basketball Says” before playing an impromptu pickup game. GOA committed to donating products, equipment, and promised to re-surface the court and backboards.
SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGE
SOS children’s villages is a world recognized organization operating for over 65 years. Before heading to Kenya, Giants of Africa visited SOS facilities in Tema, playing impromptu pickup games with the kids. Afterward, Masai presented the facilities with products and funds to further support their mandate to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children.
MULLY’S CHILDREN FAMILY
While in Kenya, GOA Staff visited the Mully Children’s Family an organization that rescues Africa’s most vulnerable children. The organization rescues abandoned babies, orphans of HIV/AIDS, boys forced into child labour, young mothers and girls forced into the sex trade by their own brothers. The organization provides shelter, food, education and training, health care and counselling.
DIWOPA CATHOLIC SCHOOL, KAYOLE, KENYA
While in Kenya, Giants of Africa visited Kayole – an underserved neighbourhood. GOA encouraged local kids to dream big, and helped fund and launch a new basketball court, while also donating Nike products and basketball equipment to the Diwopa Catholic Primary School.
LITTLE SAINTS ORPHANAGE
While visiting Nigeria, Giants of Africa visited Little Saints Orphanage – a haven for ophans, abused and abandoned children. While at the orphanage, staff and children performed songs and shared stories with GOA staff. Before leaving, GOA donated t-shirts and provided lessons in life skills to the children and also committed to provide a basketball net for the children.
NELSON MANDELA PARK PUBLIC SCHOOL
As part of a one day event, Masai Ujiri, Dwane Casey, Amir Johnson and Dikembe Mutombo visited Toronto’s Nelson Mandela Park Public School to share Mandela’s story with future generations. During the visit, The City of Toronto announced the naming of one of its streets after Mandela.