Using "Ball" as a Bridge...
Kenny Blakeney, who is an Assistant Coach at the University of Delaware, is helping bridge the gap between Africa and the U.S. with his part in SEEDS, Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal along with Amadou Gallo Fall, a native of Senegal who is director of scouting for the Dallas Mavericks.
Check it out here...The SEEDS program has won a $350K grant to implement the program, and it will utilize the coaching clinics, internships, and training programs upon Sengalese student athletes.
Through the NBA's international basketball instruction and community relations outreach program, SEEDS, developed by Matthew J. Robinson, associate professor of sport management and program director of UD’s International Basketball Initiative, and David Barlow, associate professor of health, nutrition and exercise sciences, who implemented a similar program with Turkey has developed an international exchange program between basketball coaching staffs in Senegal and the University of Delaware.
With the grant, the University of Delaware program also plans to utilize the funds in September, 2006, to help support an educational sports exchange program that will bring six coaches from Senegal to the United States in the fall to participate in a three-week program that will include sessions with UD faculty and the varsity men’s and women’s basketball staffs, visits to the NBA league office in New York, NBA games and team practices.
The trip will culminate with a coaching clinic at the University of North Carolina, where they will meet with legendary college coaches Dean Smith, Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski.
The program will consist of coaching clinics, training programs, and internships to utilize basketball as a tool to bridge cultures...That's what I'm talking about.
Photo: University of Delaware, "Blakes telling kid he's going left..."
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