DANKIND ACADEMY BASKETBALL
Basketball for a brighter Future
Dankind Academy Basketball is a humanitarian project inspired by the work of former NBA players Luol Deng and Manute Bol using education, basketball and construction as vehicles for progress in East Africa. With a purpose built basketball facility in Kampala, Uganda and close to the world's newest nation we can educate, mentor and train talented student-athletes on full athletic scholarships. We want our high school graduates to become professionals and if possible use their height and athleticism to become professional basketball players who are also charitable role models dedicating 10% of their future earnings to create a bright future for the next generation. Our ultimate goal is to build preplanned communities for refugees wanting to return to South Sudan and develop the nation while also creating cities to accommodate the homeless and those subject to adverse poverty in East Africa. This movement will be led by the players we train and will be completed by those who want to join our cause and help create a society where an adequate standard of living, relevant education and green energy environment is available to all while including basketball and healthy lifestyle as a fundamental part of the new culture in East Africa.
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Dankind Academy and East African Basketball Hub Proposal 2019 for Kampala, Uganda.
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DANKIND ACADEMY DAILY PROGRAM
Will consist of the following:
Morning stretch followed by cross training (martial arts/ Yoga
Morning individual skills development sessions
Day time is reserved for education.
Afternoon team concept and practice/ game preparation.
Evening weight lifting session.
Evening stretching during video session.
Evening meditation/ cybernetics mental training session.
Mid-week friendly game (filmed for footage to be sent to coaches worldwide)
Weekend league games (filmed for footage to be sent to coaches worldwide)
Will consist of the following all for free:
- Free Education
- Accommodation including bedrooms, beds, showers, toilets, common room and individual lockers.
- Food (3 vegan meals a day and filtered water)
- Uniforms for school, team and practice uniforms with laundry taken care of.
- Access to computers, books, library and video room.
Assisted Oxford Learning by distance course with teachers.
Guided route for graduating with IGCSE and A - Levels diploma.
Intensive preparation classes for American equivalency exam.
SAT/ ACT Preparation program designed for NCAA entry.
Possibility of assisted EAL (English as Second language immersion classes)
The education package also includes:
Library with all the books necessary for IGCSE and A-Levels
Computers and rooms with Wi-Fi connection
Classrooms equipped with projector screens for video content including Khan Academy)
The following are some of the Events that we hope to host at Dankind Academy
GIANTS OF AFRICA
The general manager of the Toronto Raptors Masai Ujiri created one of the if not the most successful youth basketball program in Africa by hosting annual summer camps during the NBA offseason. By expanding each year, Giants of Africa initiatives extended camps and outreach programs to include Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda, where over 200 campers had the opportunity to Dream Big with GOA.
Our goal is to bring these camps to South Sudan for years to come.
LUOL DENG CAMP
Since 2017 the DENG Camp has expanded its footprint globally and deliver new camps in both the U.S. and Australia for the most talented South Sudan high school players.
These camps will help facilitate more opportunities both on and off the basketball court for a community of players with whom Luol shares a similar journey. Our dream would be to host one of his camps at the academy in Uganda.
Show ’n’ Proove Courts:
The concept is constant 5 on 5, Winner stays on, All games are to 11, Streetball from 23:00 - 07:00 including the atmosphere of music but a statistical battle between every player for the chance to win a place on an All-Star team travel team competing in a tournament abroad. The program was originally created to help combat gun and knife crime in London, England by Nhamo Shire who stared using a series of basketball â€˜open runsâ€™ through the night as a positive diversionary activity for 16-25 year olds.
The world's most intense one-on-one basketball competition. Fightball provides 'all highlights, all the time', taking one-on-one basketball and giving it a makeover - pushing its speed and intensity up to 11.
Fightball pits some of the world's toughest and most athletic ballers against each other in a show of skill, endurance, strength and passion. and when all is said and done, only one is left standing.
FIBA 3X3 QUALIFIER
The rules are very simple and designed to make it a fast, spectacular and exciting game. The non-stop music brings an authentic urban culture atmosphere, which attracts a new young audience to the games.
3x3 is an opportunity for new players, organisers and countries to go from the streets to the World Stage. The stars of the game play in a professional tour and some of the most prestigious multi-sports events. FIBA has made an official bid for 3x3 to be added to the Olympics.
Make sure you make an account at: play.fiba3x3
The academy aims to work closely with FIBA to increase the number of officials in East Africa. In to in order to obtain the title of FIBA Referee, candidates must:
- be proposed officially by their member federation;
- participate in a Clinic for FIBA Referee Candidates;
- pass theoretical (basketball rules), and physical fitness and practical (officiating the game) tests;
- pass the English Language test.
Only the official tests and examinations established by the FIBA Technical Commission are valid.
Clinics shall be organised by Dankind Academy which will be directed by the FIBA Technical Commission with the assistance of the FIBA Secretariat. They may be organised also by a Zone Technical Commission. In this event, the programme and the names of the FIBA Instructors conducting the clinic must be submitted to the FIBA Secretariat for approval.
The aim of these clinics is to provide valuable insight and education to coaches and administrators of the game. The goal is to provide a day for a proper skill development path for aspiring coaches to be able to teach the game to players of all ages and ability levels. Additionally a guest speaker will be invited to focus on areas of expertise to present on basketball and leadership topics applied both on and off the court. Attendees will leave the academy with the first steps need to achieve FIBA licensed coaching certificate and accreditation.
An annual All-Star Game featuring the top 24 players in the nation selected by the coaches and fans and including a Dunk Competition at Half time.
Federation of Ugandan Basketball Association
After 2 years competing and being crowned Nairobi Basketball Association champions and semi-finalists in the Kenyan Basketball Federation division 1 league Dankind Academy will not only have players active but be the location to host the national league games arranged by the Federation of Ugandan Basketball Association league. This will be a great platform to produce footage of players looking for scholarships and professional contracts abroad as Dankind Academy has done in the past.
NATIONAL TEAM TRAINING CENTRE
For national pride
Many countries still struggle to provide their teams with adequate funding and facilities but Dankind Academy hopes to provide a location for consistent national team training for both the Ugandan, South Sudanese and any other East African team to prepare for the Zone 5, Afrobasket tournaments and any other FIBA or international competitions.
Fun and Challenging
Wheelchair basketball played by people with varying physical disabilities that disqualify them from playing an able-bodied sport. These include spina bifida, birth defects, cerebral palsy, paralysis due to accident, amputations (of the legs, or other parts), and many other disabilities. This could be a positive outlet for those who have lost limbs and still seek to enjoy sport.
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A Video about our past in Nairobi, Kenya from 2012-2014
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Founder and Director
Head of Mens Program
Mens Head Coach
Head of Womens Program and Education
Womens Head Coach