SEEDS Academy Hoop Forum presented by Nike
May 17-20, 2012
2012 marks the 10th year of the SEEDS Academy Hoop Forum. Hoop Forum displays some of Senegal’s top young prospects in a 3 day event consisting of several separate events. Years past, we’ve hosted players from Nigeria, Cameroon, South Africa, Cape Verde, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Canada. Hoop Forum is an annual event conducted to provide elite skill instruction as well as promoting sportsmanship and the concept of team-play.
The interscholastic tournament features the top high school and club teams from around Senegal. In 2007, Durban High School from South Africa became the first outside team to travel to Senegal to compete in the event. Since, we have welcomed teams from California (1Dream) and Canada (Toronto Mission).
ELITE SKILLS ACADEMY
The Skills Academy features 50 of the top prospects from Senegal. The campers not only receive on court tutoring from elite personnel from around the world, but they also participate in life skills seminars on the topics of adversity, empowerment and goal setting.
The annual Coaches Clinic is a key event in the development of youth basketball players in Africa. Each year the coaches that travel to the Hoop Forum address the local Senegalese coaches on their coaching philosophies and ideas. Each year the numbers of coaches has grown, with last year’s attendance peaking at 75 coaches with backgrounds ranging from youth coaches to National Team coaches. Senegal’s National Basketball Federation’s newly appointed President, Baba Tandian spoke at last year’s clinic.
GROW THE GAME CAMPAIGN
After being awarded a grant by the U.S. State Department, the Grow the Game Campaign officially launched at the 2008 BWB Stopover. Grow The Game is a pilot youth development initiative to educate youth through basketball.
– The Campaign is an extension of the SEEDS Academy vision of using sport and basketball as the conduit to educate youth to spur socio-economic growth in Senegal;
– Grow The Game (GTG) fosters a cultural exchange program that includes basketball clinics and life skills workshops for the student, offers U.S. training opportunities for Senegalese coaches (male and female), and works with partners to build basketball courts in middle schools located in rural areas;
– GTG takes place in some of the most economically deprived areas of Senegal and focuses on the same middle schools built or rehabilitated by USAID and the Ministry of Education since 2003 to improve access to education for the youth;
– GTG offers U.S. training opportunities for Senegalese Coaches (2 Male & 2 Female) yearly. Since its inception, Senegalese coaches have been able to participate and witness the NBA Drafts in New York City, Nike Skills Academies in Chicago and Boston, and week-long I.A.D Training courses in Dallas.
– GTG has the potential to be scaled to regional and neighboring francophone countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Ivory Coast, and Guinea.
Each year at the Skills Academy, a media day is scheduled to allow the local Senegalese media access to our campers and coaches. Numerous topics are discussed such as the impact of SEEDS on the community, Nike’s involvement with SEEDS and basketball in Africa as well as the importance of this camp for the future of African basketball. Over a dozen media outlets cover the event annually, and last year we welcomed some South African media personalities as well.
Past Guests and Instructors Have Included:
Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Assistant General Manager, Sacramento Kings
Sam Ahmedu, Scout, Memphis Grizzlies
Mark Aronson, Vice President, NBA
Malick Badiane, Euro league Player
Bill Bayno, Assistant Coach, Portland Trailblazers
Rolando Blackman, Former NBA All Star & current Assistant Coach, Turkish National Team
Lance Blanks, General Manager, Phoenix Suns
Mike Brown, Retired 10 year NBA Player & Former D League Coach
R.C. Buford, General Manager, San Antonio Spurs
Roberto Carmenati, FIBA Coach Italy, NBA Scout
Tim Connelly, Director of Player Personnel, Washington Wizards
Cynthia Cooper, Former WNBA 3-time MVP
DeSagana Diop, NBA Player, Charlotte Bobcats
Patrick Engelbrecht, Scout, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Felton, Scout, Phoenix Suns
Blake Flickner, Coach, Dallas Baptist University
Bobbito Garcia, DJ, Record Label President, Activist and Cultural Ambassador
Anthony Grant, Head Coach, Alabama University
Barry Hecker, Assistant Coach, Memphis Grizzlies
Mark Hughes, Scout, New York Knicks
Jim Jackson, Retired NBA Player
Ben Jobe, Hall of Fame Coach, Consultant & Scout, New York Knicks
Avery Johnson, Head Coach, New Jersey Nets
Cathy Jones, Women’s Euro League All Star, Rivasecopolis
Anicet Lavodrama, Former Scout, Cleveland Cavaliers
Rollie Massimino, Head Coach, Northwood University
Brooks Meek, Director of Basketball Operations International, NBA
Lisandro Miranda, Scout, Dallas Mavericks
Dikembe Mutumbo, Future Hall of Fame & Ambassador, NBA
Milt Newton, Assistant General Manager, Washington Wizards
Godwin Owinje, Scout, Phoenix Suns
Don Nelson, Former Head Coach, Golden State Warriors
Donnie Nelson, President & General Manager, Dallas Mavericks
Renato Pasquali, Head Coach, Basket Club Kiev of Ukraine
Sam Perkins, Retired NBA Star
Nate Pomeday, Assistant Coach, Oregon State University
Kevin Pritchard, Former General Manager, Portland Trailblazers
Roy Rana, Head Coach, Ryerson University (Canada)
Craig Robinson, Head Coach, Oregon State University
Tony Ronzone, Assistant General Manager, Minnesota Timberwolves
Myke Scholl, Head Coach, Loyola Marymount University
Quin Snyder, Director of Player Development, Philadelphia 76ers
Christopher Thomas, Nike SPARQ, Lead TrainerJohn Thompson, Hall of Fame Georgetown University Head Coach