UMass Boston Continues Its Work To Bring Basketball To Africa’s Youth

July 22, 2010

Office of Communications

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Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation, Special Programs and Projects Charlie Titus and Associate Professor of Africana Studies Jemadari Kamara traveled to Senegal in West Africa last month to run basketball clinics as part of the Youth Education and Sports (YES) with Africa initiative.

The project was initiated by Titus, a member of the National Black Coaches and Administrators, and Kamara more than 10 years ago.

Traveling to the cities of Dakar, M'Bour, Diourbel, and Saint Louis, Titus led a coaches training session in the morning and youth clinics in the early evening, focusing on the fundamentals of dribbling, shooting and passing. Stan Nance, associate director of athletics at Emerson College, also made the trip.

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****View photos from the Senegal trip on the UMass Boston Flickr site.

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Overall, 80 coaches received training and more than 200 youth received instruction through these clinics, which were held from June 14- June 24.

While in Senegal, Titus and his group worked side by side with the staff from YES Senegal, including Patrick Desousa and Fidel Coley. Ousseynou Diop, technical director of the Senegalese Basketball Federation, and Professor Ado Sano of the University of Cheikh Anta Diop also participated.

YES with Africa is a multiethnic, coeducational, sports and leadership development program administered in conjunction with the Department of Africana Studies and is currently based in the West African countries of Senegal and Benin.

Modeled on Niamey Hoops, a basketball camp begun in 1997 in the Nigerian town of Niamey, the program gives youngsters age 7 to 19 the opportunity to acquire basketball skills while learning about computers and other technology, health issues, and their own cultural heritage.

For more information on YES with Africa, visit http://www.umb.edu/athletics/special_programs/YES_with_africa/.