"The Return Of The Blog"
Trip Start Jul 01, 2010
64Trip End Apr 01, 2011
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I am deeply sorry I have somewhat abandoned you all on my trip update. This last week has been hectic. I have found a substitute camera in the meantime, and I have been out most of the day and that has been when my household has been having power. Since I last "blogged" a lot has happened.
1. We have a lot of excitement and hype surrounding the Camp. I have met with men and women coaches from the National team to 20 and under junior league coaches. I have arranged to have two coaches from the SEEDS Academy (Sports for Education & Economic Development of Senegal) to run the stations with me. Everyone is glad that I chose Senegal as my first stop for my basketball journey.
2. I have been working closely with a Dakar based business that will be printing the Tee's and Banners for the camp. The company Numerika has offered to have the items completed by the start of camp and will speed deliver them.
3. As you all know yesterday was supposed to be the first day of camp. Due to the rain, the cement on the court did not dry in time. We used Monday as an orientation day. I explained to the campers the expectations of the camp and the basic outline. We also engaged the campers to get involved in cleaning on and around the court. The place really began to transform after the cleanup. The camp will begin Thursday and run through Sunday just for this first week.
4. Today was by far the most exciting day in Dakar! My two assistants & I gathered all the campers and we began to work with the carpenter, the masons' putting together the new backboards and rims up and also painting the lines on the court. "TALK ABOUT BEING PUMPED", everyone was lending a helping hand and working together to transform the court they call home. The campers were joking, smiling, painting, chatting and of course happy to be part of the rebuilding process. I could have hired someone to professionally paint the courts, but I believe today was a great way for me to bond with the campers and also allow them to get familiar with each other.
Here are a few pictures of today's work.