05 September 2012

Namibia: Young Hoop Shooters Visit Germany

Four youngsters from the Basketball Artists School (BAS) in Katutura went to Germany on a three-week visit last month at the invitation of the reigning German basketball champions - Brose Baskets Bamberg, for the 'Cybex Summer Training Camp' with 200 participants.
Thirteen-year-old Lino Nina Simao, Eino Absalom, Michael Shikemeni and 14-year-old Victoria Shilongo earned the journey through hard work and commitment. During their stay in Germany, the youngsters not only served as worthy ambassadors for Namibian basketball, but they were also exposed to interesting cultural experiences, while visiting host families and sponsors.
Apart from visits to their host parents in Freiburg, Munich and Wuppertal, the travelling entourage was also invited to meetings with celebrities such as Ingo Weiss, President of the German Basketball Federation (DBB) in Muenster and Dr Michael Vesper, Director General of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) in Frankfurt.
According to the BAS motto "Education First - Basketball Second" the children did their schoolwork in between. BAS Coordinator Ramah Mumba and German basketball expert Frank Albin, accompanied the team on their European safari. The trip was sponsored by Air Namibia, Brose Baskets Bamberg, the German Embassy, Trip Travel and several private donors from Germany. During international games of the male German national team, the youngsters enjoyed the privilege of meeting some of the finest national players in Germany.
The German partners were very impressed with the enthusiasm and basketball skills of the Namibian youngsters and would like to intensify the exchange programme in the coming years. BAS is a collaborative effort between the German non-profit organization ISIBINDI and the Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF), supported by the German Basketball Federation, the German Olympic Sports Confederation and the German Federal Foreign Office.

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