Let the Games BEGIN!

Trip Start Jul 01, 2010
Trip End Apr 01, 2011

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday (Day 26)- Today was supposed to start off with the life skills seminar but our translator was not present at the start of camp, and although my French is getting better, unfortunately it is not that good yet. So we went right into the competition games of the two younger divisions boys and girls. They each played half court games consisting of (2) halves, (8) minutes each. Each team was coached by one of our volunteer coaches. As the younger division participated, it was great to see the older campers encouraging them by clapping and cheering from the sidelines. After the younger division games were finished the campers switched roles. The girls older division participated in a full court game and the younger girls cheered and so on with the boys. The competition in the campers were boiling and we had to emphasize on the importance of having fun and being leaders.

That brought us right into our life sessions. We spoke to the campers about being leaders and instead of putting down a teammate for a mistake, to pick them up and make your collective team better. We emphasized that winning is important but is by far not the most important thing in sports. Fair play, sportsmanship and respect for the game comes before winning or losing. It will be interesting to see tomorrow how they will react to this.

        By the time the translator/coach was present and I was able to share with the campers my story. I shared with my strong passion for basketball and my childhood dream to become a professional basketball player in the NBA. I also shared that after almost 14 years of playing basketball my dream has not died but somewhat been altered.  I also shared how received this amazing experience to come to Senegal and teach them basketball was not because of my awesome skills in basketball. (As most of them looked in amazement…then what). I shared that Shooting Touch was looking for an American graduating senior, which meant I had to continue with my studies as well as developing my skills on the court. I shared with the campers how Shooting Touch gave me a grant and allowed me to create Bounce Academy to travel the world teaching basketball. I shared that because I proved that I could succeed in the classroom, Shooting Touch put their faith in me that I could succeed running a camp in three countries for (10) months. The Leadership life skill seminar flowed right into the education part and the kids were attentive thanks to the shade and the 60 pack of water. Camp ended today at about 1:37 pm and we ended our day by yelling "Have Fun" in wolof “Biggiee” (*spellcheck) but that's the pronunciation
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Beau travail!

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