To whom it may concern:
What does it take to become “#FIBA Approved Coach” and what does it really mean? How much is it? How long does it take?
-1. Kenyan Male, 37 years of age. Parent. University Graduate
1. 21 years or #basketball experience [the exact number of years it took USIU VC to transform it to what it is now, her legacy]
2. Over 10 years of coaching experience from youth to club level
3. Zone V Coaching Experience with the first Women’s University Team to feature in National Finals and Zone V.
4. Over 10 years of work in youth basketball development in Kenya and now working with developing programs in Uganda and invited to other parts of Africa.
5. Running the only Long Term Athlete Development Program in Kenya and East Africa.
6. Training LTAD youth basketball coaches serving in grassroots community basketball for development programs
7. Partnering with communities to implement and initiate basketball programs in schools where there is no basketball at all
8. Initiated player development league to act as transition fro players between high school and club level basketball.
9. Launched the first elite program for girls
10. Show me how and where you are issuing your certification, I will work hard and get it. I have achieved all the above out of passion, not for money or fame or self gratification. I serve to “build players for more than just a basketball experience”
“MY PASSION IS THE STORY OF THEIR LIFE. I WILL NOT LET THEM DOWN FOR LACK OF A DESIGNATION” This is #Africa and we do not have access to the resources that all coaches and kids in the developed world have. I feel insulted if my work can be judged and threatened based on #certification rather than #COMPETENCE and evaluation of the outcome of the impact of that very work. “The eyes and the skies do not lie.” I have seen FIBA AMERICAS website, very informative. Very elaborate. FIBA AFRICA is returning 404.
Can someone [#FIBA] please tell me who I need to talk to in #FIBA. Be warned, I cannot afford it, put it online I will do it but please do not stop me from serving my people who have little or no access to elite basketball coaching, equipment, or coaches. I can read and write. I can play [the best at what I do]. I can teach. I inspire programs. I bare witness to the phrase, “one man can make a huge difference.” Come to KENYA and you will be shown where I have worked and what I have done and if my work does not impress you, take me to class and help me better myself to better serve my people. Basketball is only a vessel for my people to access higher level academic and career opportunities, which will better them to better our communities. It is more than just a game. What they achieve on the court is a by product of exceptional coaching. It is sad that you put measures that suppress such work and aspirations instead of supporting and building where there is no trace of the game.
My tone is both objective and subjective. You have taken the responsibility of setting the standards for the game. It is global. The world subscribes to FIBA. Lives are being built or destroyed based on FIBA Rules regardless of the obvious differences in levels of progress and development of the game. Simple, a 16 year old player in South Sudan cannot match a 16 year old player in Lithuania, let us not even mention Spain…does that make sense. South Sudan will need lower level development programs, may be equipment, expert support services, etc to get them to the level we can evaluate them at the same global scale. Let us not allow globalization to give us an illusion that in reality we are on the same level. Even the top African countries have to invest in building their players abroad to match the caliber of players from developed countries. Do not only set the standards, guide them lest they be detrimental to global growth and development of such a beautiful sports as basketball. “We are basketball” (Who really is “we” here, clearly, I have not spoken like I feel part of the team, have I?)
Disclaimer: Please, I have read the process ONLINE. If you have read this letter to this point I guess you are as smart enough to realize that I did not get my answers on FIBA.COM
Contact me please ONLY if you represent #FIBA HQ #GENEVA or if you know how I will get my FIBA APPROVED COACH LICENSE: hkaudia@gmail.