NAIROBI – The Kenya Basketball Federation officials and the representative of Hoops For Kids International met this week in talks aimed at working on a range of youth initiatives in Kenya.
In the last two years TAG International in partnership with World Friends Organization and Slums Dunk in Mathare have been running various progams targeting specific needs of the community and addressing them through basketball.
Our main aim is to teach kids about life skills, not only basketball because it’s important to them
Zivit Nissim Head of Development at TAG said.
Along with teaching important life skills that basketball naturally encompasses, TAG has ensured that its education of participants is front and center. They work hand-in-hand with the parents and teachers of participants to make sure the kids are seeing success both on and off of the court.
Currently TAG has programs in Manyatta, Kajulu and Ramogi.
Hoops For Kids has helped many kids in Israel and we are ready to share the same module that the association back home uses, through it the Kenya Federation will be able to get sponsorship from corporates.
Eli Hacmon the Hoops For Kids International Operations Manager in Israel said.
Hacmon described Kenya as an ideal location in the region and the partnership with KBF will help HFK reach out to clubs and players who play a vital part in doing voluntary work. He also mentioned Co-op Bank Spartans and the good job they have been doing with Slums Dunk in Mathare.
Kenya Basketball Federation Assistant Secretary General Ambrose Kisoi on his part assured HFK that the Federation will make sure everything runs smoothly since the partnership will help the needy and vulnerable kids achieve important life skills.
You don’t need to worry about anything, we will facilitate everything HFK needs, as a federation we take youth basketball seriously
Francesco Riedo Project Manager at World Friends who has been working closely with Slums Dunk reiterated how important the federation involvement will be in what they are already doing.
Over the course of the partnership, KBF and HFK will develop a range of interactive activities that will engage kids, fans, teams and players around major cities and the whole country.