09 August 2006

GAMBIA : Jerrod Mustaf Introduces Street Basketball in the Gambia

Nanama Keita

The founder and CEO of SBA Mr. Jerrod Mustaf, was in the country for a week's visit as special guest of His Excellency, the President of the Republic, Dr Alhagi Yahya Jammeh in a bid to introduce street basketball in the Gambia.

Mr Mustaf met the Gambian leader during his audience with the Gambian community living in the US in New York at the end of the UN General Assembly held in September 2005 in New York.

Street Basketball Association (SBA) is an organisation founded by Mr Mustaf in the United States designed to improve youth basketball through playing in the streets and parks. It also incorporates music in the game in the form of the hip-hop giving the game a new face loved by youths. It is in this light that Mr Mustaf visited the Gambia to introduce street basketball in the country and improve the game which is mostly played in the greater Banjul area and Brikama.

According to Mr Mustaf, he wants to concentrate in the meantime on grassroots basketball with the view to develop the game.

Mr Mustaf, who was accompanied by Patrick Robinson, a member of Street Basketball Association (SBA) visited senior secondary schools in Banjul, the Independence Stadium, Manneh Sillah Memorial Court, and the Youth and Sports Department as well as the executive of the Gambia Basketball Federation went around the schools to introduce street basketball. Patrick Robinson, who has ball joggling abilities, entertains a student which has inspiration to basketball lovers. Basketball clinics were be held in schools and at the Manneh Sillah Memorial Court where senior and junior players attended.

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