Virtual workshops giving young leaders the opportunity to create impact in their communities

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MIES (Switzerland) – The FIBA ​​Foundation is growing the Basketball For Good family by educating young leaders around the world and giving them tools to create a positive impact in their own communities through basketball.

Over the past 4 years, the Foundation has launched 3×3 Youth Leader centric Basketball for Good projects reaching 20 men and 34 women young leaders from the Americas, Africa, Southeast Asia and Pacific regions and hundreds of players.

The goal of the Youth Leadership Project is to equip young people with the tools to use basketball to create a positive impact within their communities. Many young people have demonstrated enormous potential to become future leaders in their communities and within their national federations.

In a second phase, we are bringing these young leaders together virtually in an online program to further support the activities started with previous projects. This will keep them connected and motivated.

In order to make this program global, we have given European graduates of the IOC Young Leaders Learning Sprint the opportunity to participate in the program alongside young leaders from the rest of the world who have gone through one of the Foundation’s programs.

30 young leaders, 17 women and 13 men from 22 different countries were selected to participate in the program.

The program consists of monthly seminars hosted by Game (https://game.ngo/) and will last for one year. As part of the training, each young leader will develop a social issue-focused Basketball for Good program to engage youth in their communities. They will benefit from a framework to develop their individual project and will be grouped according to the theme chosen.

Jānis Skvarnavičs from Latvia said: “I am grateful for this opportunity and I am convinced that the knowledge acquired in this program will allow me to realize my own project and improve my community through basketball”.

This program will ultimately grow the Basketball For Good family around the world, empowering young people to play an active role in their communities and within their National Federation. The programs built by these young people will meet some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to a better world through sport.

Here is the full list of participating young leaders:

  • Sileena Arjune from Guyana
  • Danielle Phillip from Trinidad and Tobago
  • Branuel Ventour from Trinidad & Tobago
  • Pakel Gumbs from Saint Lucia
  • Daphne Rakobe from Botswana
  • Kiady Rabarijoelina from Madagascar
  • Sharo Kaiche from Malawi
  • Edson Chambal of Mozambique
  • Mantius Amukoshi of Namibia
  • Petrina Aron from Namibia
  • Jana Malbrook from Seychelles
  • Maureen Manjoro from Zimbabwe
  • Kondou Bissiemou from Gabon
  • Ashley Khoo from Brunei
  • Ruby Ang from Brunei
  • Gilberto Pinto of Timor Leste
  • Paul Ng from Singapore
  • Chin Wan Qing from Singapore
  • Tiyana Kainamoli from Fiji
  • Lanieta Baleiono from Fiji
  • Kathereena from Papua New Guinea
  • Jordan from Papua New Guinea
  • Linh Le from Vietnam
  • Jacqui Dover from Australia
  • Daniel Howard from Australia
  • Paulina Fritz from Germany
  • Janis Skvarnavics from Latvia
  • Domenico Barbato from Italy
  • Shereif Kholeif ok from United Kingdom (Scotland)
  • Paola Giuntini from Italy

About youth leadership:

The FIBA ​​Foundation Youth Leadership Program is a global Basketball For Good initiative that empowers young people with the skills and opportunities to create a better future for themselves and their communities. This program teaches leadership and life skills through 3×3 basketball. Young leaders are supported to create their own community impact project, growing the Basketball For Good family around the world. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about our programs or if you are interested in working with us.

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