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Basketball Without Borders Changes Lives in Africa Written by H4H ‘Sport and Development’ Partner Marvin Smith |27 August 2010 Some of the NBA’s biggest stars have come together in Dakar, Senegal to help instruct in the Basketball Without Borders camp as a part of the NBA's efforts to support basketball programmes in Africa. The eighth edition of the Basketball without Borders Africa programme took place from 5-8 August 2010 in Dakar Senegal. The camp combined intensive basketball exercise and instruction with community outreach efforts. One component was a Life Skills session where Basketball Without Borders participant Luc Mbah a Moute spoke about his path from Africa to the NBA, stressing the importance of dedication and education. (Continued on Page 2)
"Hoops 4 Hope's unique life skills instruction using the sport of basketball to teach leadership and HIV/AIDS education and prevention has positively impacted thousands of youth throughout Africa. They have been a valued partner on the Basketball without Borders Africa program. " -Todd Jacobson Vice President, Community Relations ,National Basketball Association
(Continued from Page 1) That same day, basketball stars Ronny Turiaf and DeSagana Diop led an NBA Cares programme for Special Olympics athletes aimed at improving their fundamental skills and giving them a chance to feel included. The following day the players distributed malaria bed nets to local communities as part of the Nothing but Nets program. Additionally, the BWB partner Hoops 4 Hope led health education and awareness sessions to teach participants the danger of HIV/AIDS and the importance of living healthy. Basketball Without Borders holds annual sessions worldwide as a way to not only promote the sport of basketball, but to also promote good living and education.
Coach Thabo, Ronny Turiaf (Golden State Warriors), & Danilo Gallinari (Knicks)
Coach Thabo leading Life Skills!
H4H Team with Desagana Diop (Bobcats), Hasheem Tahbeet (Grizzlies), Mamadou Ndiaye (Maccabi Haifa), Marvin Williams (Hawks)
Monitoring & Evaluation: A retrospective from H4H/S4H Volunteer Maika Nicholson
Eric & I, long-time friends from Seattle, Washington, arrived for our 3-month stay in Cape Town and quickly realized that ‘jumping in feet first’ would be the most invigorating way to explore our new home. From clutching seat edges of the ‘mini-bus’ taxis that tear around the City, to arbitrarily selecting unfamiliar cuts of Braai meat at Gugulethu’s famous Mzoli’s, pushing the limits of our comfort zone made our experience in South Africa unique from Day 1. Our involvement with Hoops 4 Hope/Soccer 4 Hope was no exception; we realized immediately that ‘jumping in feet first’ was the modus operandi at S4H/H4H as well. On our third day in Cape Town, we arrived at the Rainbow Center in Gugulethu to meet with Kita, Karl, Fred, Ta and We-We and were rapidly brought up to speed on the organization’s structure & programs. We even had the good fortune to witness a H4H tournament held at the Rainbow Center that same day. The energy radiating from the court, and enthusiasm of each individual immediately impressed on us the importance of H4H/S4H to the youth leaders, organizers and communities involved. By the end of a the day, we had decided to focus our efforts on streamlining the Logical Framework Document and Monitoring and Evaluation system; tasks we felt would allow us to make an immediate impact on an integral piece of the program. (Continued on Page 4)
What’s a Logframe? The Logical Framework (Logframe) is a management tool used in the design and monitoring and evaluation of development projects, and is presented in a four column table. The rows are used to describe events that take place as a project is implemented: the project’s Overall Goal, Purpose, Outputs, and Activities. The four columns provide different types of information about the events in each row. The first column is used to provide a description of the event. The second column lists one or more Objectively Verifiable Indicators (OVIs) for each of the events described in the first column. The third column describes the Means of Verification (MOVs) that support the OVIs. The fourth column lists the Assumptions – external factors that are believed could influence (positively or negatively) the events described in the narrative column (but which cannot be directly controlled by the project or program managers).
www.hoopsafrica.org H4H/S4H Logical Framework: Key Outputs Output 1: Youth leaders are empowered to effectively run & manage a community development sports league in partnership with Schools Output 2: Youth leaders are trained to effectively facilitate a progressive life skills curriculum; implemented through community development sports leagues Output 3: Youth leaders are trained to effectively coach and manage schools sports teams, who participate in the community development sports league Output 4: Youth leaders are empowered to take control of their future through a personal and professional mentorship and skills development training program Output 5: Sports based outreach and holiday programs are run by youth leaders (in partnership with government, corporate, community structures and other NGOs) as further community development initiatives and for promotional purposes
Empower Foundation Sends 2 Delegates to Brazil! EMpower is organizing an international workshop/exchange on girls, sports, and empowerment in Rio de Janeiro in September. The workshop will bring together 10-12 organizations that EMpower is currently supporting who are using sports as a tool for education/peace/social change in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. It will be an intensive, participatory exchange aimed at strengthening organizations’ capacities to confront gender dynamics in their daily work with young people and to engage girls more effectively in their programs. Congratulations to our very own Wewe Sokoyi and Karl Voysey for being nominated!
(Continued from Page 3) We worked closely with S4H Director Karl Voysey to reorganize the Logframe’s Outputs and categorize the program’s current activities and the OVIs, MOVs and assumptions that correspond to each Output. For Output 3, the following are examples for (a) activity: Weekly League Soccer/Basketball Games, (b) OVI: 1 League game is played per team per week, (c)MOV: League Game score-sheets & attendance registers (d) Assumption: Field/court availability for all teams scheduled to play. Concurrently, we worked on restructuring the M&E system, which is inherently linked to the Logframe’s structure. For each Output and corresponding Activity/OVI/MoV in the Logframe, we begin brainstorming and categorizing pertinent statistics that indicate the level of success of each Output. Expanding on the above example for Output 3, ScoreSheets/Attendance Registers (MOVs) would be used as a tool to collect M&E data & compile statistics that clearly indicate the success (or failure) of the weekly league games activity. For example, if compiled M&E data shows that 100% of scheduled league games occurred with 100% MVP attendance and 95% Player attendance, the M&E data supports that the program is succeeding with regard to this particular activity. M&E data is therefore a powerful tool in identifying exactly where the program is succeeding, and where improvements need to be made. It can be used to pinpoint specific individuals, schools or communities that are excelling, and ones that need more support. Karl, Fred and Kita’s ability to immediately involve us with the organization, and the tireless enthusiasm of all involved galvanized us to make a modest, but hopefully measurable impact during out short stay in Cape Town. Our hope is that we were able to nudge the Logframe and M&E System in the right direction, though – future volunteers take note - it is clear that the applicability of these documents & systems rely on continuous adaptation and improvement to fit the program’s current needs and available resources. Our time in Cape Town was enhanced invaluably by working with H4H/S4H; to everybody we worked with – Thank you! Enkosi! Ngiyabonga! Dankie!
ALL-STAR LIFESKILLS PROGRAM
MVP Goes to Turkey!
On the 23rd of August, Anelisa Khathazile, a MVP for the Nyanga community, left to represent not only her community but her country in Turkey for the U14 World Championship Games. Basketball South Africa (BSA) chose Anelisa as one of only two SA representatives, not just for her basketball skills but the role that she plays within her community as an MVP. Having been a participant for 3 years in the Hoops 4 Hope program in the Nyanga community, Anelisa has now graduated to become an MVP and is absolutely thriving. Her voluntary work as an MVP as shown great character strengths such as discipline and determination. Only a Grade 8 student, she is already a role model in her community, modeling the values that she teaches which are the core of Hoops 4 Hope. The seven tools are very much a part of Anelisa’s life as a student, national player, MVP and of course a daughter. She continues to exceed in each facet and has strong foundations!
As part of their CSI (Corporate Social Investment), the One&Only (O&O) has partnered up with Soccer4Hope and generously offered our All-Stars a life skills program that expands over various areas such as Communications, Computer Literacy, Health and Well Being and Financial Awareness. All these courses are all accredited and participants well received. July & August have seen the full delivery of Computer Literacy, and Communications is currently underway. This is what our All-Stars have to say: MYC: This is such a great opportunity that S4H and O&O have given to me and I appreciate the time and skills being put into me as a person aside of my role as an All-Star. Lucky: It really helps to improve my computer skills. I have learnt new things that I didn’t realize I was lacking and this communications course has really opened my mind on how to better my Public Speaking. Ta: I am really enjoying this. Not only is it time outside of the office but its really teaching me a lot. Being naturally confident, I thought public speaking would come naturally but its course has taught me that it is an art. I am truly thankful for this experience and intend to learn and gain all I can. Thank you Soccer4Hope and O&O.
Upcoming Event: H4H CHARITY GAME in CAPE TOWN Recent Ubuntu Award Recipient, Hip-hop DJ and street ball guru Robert BOBBITO Garcia is coming to Cape Town and H4H is hosting a celebrity game, with the Who’s Who (Bobbito and other celebs) vs. CATS (CPUT) Stars. Date: 23 Sept 2010 ⏐ Time: 1900-2200 Venue: Multi-Purpose Hall, Cape Peninsula University of Technology. (Keizersgracht and Tennant Street, Zonnebloem, CAPE TOWN) Cost: no cover charge, however a donation box will be on sight for any and all donations made to Hoops4Hope.
Summer Benefit 2010 Recap! On behalf of the entire Hoops 4 Hope Global Team, we want to thank those who supported us at our 12th Annual Summer Benefit on the evening of August 7th. Our event was a tremendous success and we raised an admirable amount of funds to help us sustain our organization through the remainder of the year. The live gaming station provided by EA Sports added an active and exciting element to the evening, attracting children, gaming enthusiasts, and all of our sports fans and supporters. From our NBA friends Ed Davis (Toronto Raptors) and Bobby Simmons (New Jersey Nets), to NBA and ESPN Commentator Mike Breen, to welterweight boxing champion Andre “The Beast” Berto, to our guest of honor and underground basketball legend Bobbito Garcia, the reception was enjoyed by all!
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Our event featured great food, wine and cocktails by Canard Inc., Raymond Wines and Robert's Restaurant and Ketel One Vodka, respectively. Dan Bailey & Living Rhythm and the Levy Mwanza Band also entertained guests. There were silent auction tables full of sports related items and a live auction that featured five incredible vacation trips. Thanks to all for helping make this year’s benefit a slam dunk! Joana Nanci Photo
Not able to make our annual summer event? We’d still appreciate your donations and support! Please log-on to our newly REVAMPED WEBSITE: www.hoopsafrica.org and make a contribution today! Courtesy of Hamptons.com
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SSHS Grad Drives Charity Hoops Tourney⏐ By Anthony Bottan ⏐Courtesy of Rockville Centre Patch South Side High School graduate Steven Kane, 19, along with his Duke University fraternity brother, Adam Vojdany, had hosted several charity events with their fraternity Sigma Nu at school, but felt like they wanted to do something closer to home. So with the help of some friends, Tony Brunetta of the recreation department and some generous sponsors, the two friends hosted a 3 on 3 basketball tournament at the recreation center last Saturday to fundraise for Hoops for Hope, a charity that uses donations to help children affected by HIV/AIDS. "We thought it was a charity that needed some help, so why not raise money with something fun like a basketball tournament?" Kane said. Thirteen teams of three signed up for the charity event, raising more than $1,000 for Hoops for Hope. All of the food, drinks, basketballs and recreation center time were donated by Rockville Centre residents or businesses, so every penny went directly to charity. "We wanted to something great," said Vodjany, who's from Port Washington. "It was a long process, but it felt good to do something like this."
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