I'm a Buck...

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

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Hotel Les Almadi

Flag of Senegal  ,
Friday, August 6, 2010

August 6th (Day 36)- The amazing thing that separates the Basketball without Borders from other camps is the community service activities that the NBA coaches and players participate in. Every 30 seconds a child dies of malaria.(NBA.com) The players helped distribute malaria bed nets with a program called "Nothing but Nets", I thought it had a nice ring to it. The NBA donated more than 25,000 bed nets. The bed nets are very important here in Senegal, and I can speak from experience as I decided to sleep without one the first night here at the hotel. I couldn't sleep much and woke up with plenty of bites. Mama don’t worry I am taking my malaria pills, so I’m good. While the players gave out and hung up bed nets, the coaches and I were at the site of the BWB Africa camp participating in clinic stations with the campers.

Today after lunch before the afternoon games one of the campers I have been translating for said to me in English “I am ready to show everyone here that I can pass the best, shoot the best and play the best”. He said this to me after I asked him “you ready to go?” He said it with so much confidence that I was taken back and amazed at what this camp has been able to do for these young talented athletes. This will stay with me for the remainder of my trip and I hope to encourage and motivate the Shooting touch campers the same way Lucilio was motivated. The afternoon games were intense and I was able to peek from Court 1 to check out Lucilio playing on court 2, but I had translating responsibilities with the Bucks on court 1. The 2 translators for the Bucks are NBA player Luc Mbah a Moute and I. The Bucks coaching staff are assistant Coach for the Milwaukee Bucks, Kelvin Sampson and assistant Coach of the Portland Trailblazers Bill Bayno. Great second day and oh yes, we got the win.
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