In 2019, there were 10 top notch African players in the NBA, including Bismack Biyombo – Charlotte Hornets born in the Congo, Ian Mahinmi - Washington Wizards born in Benin, and Al-Farouq Aminu - Portland Trailblazers, a Nigerian descendant. These athletes return to their native countries to do great humanitarian work. What’s more, there is a great potential for far more athletes in Africa to go play international sports.
However, athletes in Africa do not have the access to training programs that can identify, train, and promote world class athletes like the ones that exist in Eastern and Western countries. We need to develop world class athletic training programs. AMINGA: The Youth Sports Development Program (YSDP) plays that role.
AMINGA: Youth Sports Development Project is a multi-prong approach to supporting athleticism, education, wellness and mindfulness among youth in the global south through sports programming.
Our aim is to open the doors to opportunities to youth in the global south within this summer exposure program (athletic camps, motivational speakers, nutritional foods and education, and mindfulness and meditation practice development, etc.). Our long term objective is to work toward the creation of sports development infrastructure for talented youth in the global south. In addition to sports programming, we also aim to provide support mechanisms to support education development (via computer skills, data science, English language training, etc.). The youth participants will be given the skills to lead a healthy productive life and life skills for future employability.
In service of our mission, to create a long term and sustainable sports camp for developing African sports talent, we have decided to design a small-scale project that will take place in Cape Verde in the summer of 2021.
Our Goals and Vision for our Participants:
1. To evaluate and assess our participants athleticism and sport-specific skills, introduce and utilize new coaching techniques from multi-cultural coaches, and further develop their talent and capabilities as athletes.
2. To support our participants' employability by developing their skills for a 21st century economy and digital era, by offering English and Computer classes. Research suggests that computer literacy skills as well as English language skills are the two pathways for success and advancement.
3. To support and build the mental health and wellbeing of our participants by incorporating yoga, mindfulness practices, and meditation. We aim to prevent anti-social behavior and marginalization by explicitly working on personal and social progress.
4. To build and develop our participants personal portfolios and community networking channels. They will develop relationships with people who are doing positive work in their communities: leaders, motivational speakers, as well as international coaches and teachers that will last and provide future opportunities.
This is a first a sports summer camp and second a fact-finding project. Our secondary objective, after providing the youth participants the best summer camp experience, is to collect data about: (1) how best to run a sports summer camp in Cape Verde. (2) the level of athleticism to expect in Cape Verde from 15-16-year-old - to measure against for the following year. (3) How to build on the existing project for future years. (4) to make contacts and build infrastructure to institute regular after school programs and high-quality local leagues. (5) to collect data on each participant to create profiles that they can take with them for future career advancement goals.
The funds raised on this platform will be used for the facility rentals in Sao Vincente, Cape Verde; as well as the equipment for the youth. The total fundraising goal for the project is $75,000. We are hoping to start off by booking the facilities using the funds raised on GoFundMe.
Help us make AMINGA: Youth Sports Development Program a sustainable education program in Africa!