USA team ploughs back into communities

2019-06-06 06:00
Zebra Crossing Adventure players training learners during basketball coaching clinics held at Mzamomhle Primary School in Philippi last week Friday 31 May.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Zebra Crossing Adventure players training learners during basketball coaching clinics held at Mzamomhle Primary School in Philippi last week Friday 31 May.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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“A child in sport is a child out of court ...”

These were the words of the Hoops 4 Hope sport manager Thabo Maratola during the basketball coaching clinic held at Mzamomhle Primary School in Philippi on Friday 31 May.

The clinic was hosted by Zebra Crossing Adventure from the United States of America (USA). More than 80 learners from different primary schools in Philippi attended the event.

Maratola described the event as very informative for the young players. “This is part of giving back to our communities by Zebras. They are here to share their knowledge about the sport with our young kids and empower them with skills,” he said.

He added that the event is also part of taking children away from the street.

“We normally do these kinds of programmes during school holidays so that we can keep the children away from the streets,” said Maratola. He counted passing, shooting, dribbling and defending as some of the techniques that will be taught.

Speaking on behalf of the Zebras, Megan Gaudreau said they’ve been working with Hoops 4 Hope for four years. “We are here to teach skills development. It’s part of us showing love to the community and also teach team them about social justice and different backgrounds,” said Gaudreau. She described South Africans as people having a sense of community.

One of the learners Asemahle Ndzantsi (12) said she learns how to shoot and defend. “The training keeps us in good health. And it also helps me stay away from doing bad habit because I’m always in training after school,” she said.

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