Basketball magic in Guyana

Following hot on the heels of our work with Euroleague basketball, 4 of our specialist training team, Navjeet, Alex, Shedaine and Maddy were in Guyana at the end of October to deliver a leadership workshop to participants in the International Basketball Foundation’s Antilles IBF 3×3 Hoops final. In its 2nd year, the event helps develop, promote and increase participation of basketball within National Federations in the Lesser Antilles, giving opportunities to these countries with tremendous potential who do not often have the chance to travel to play basketball.

The team trained 60 young leaders on how to use basketball for good in their communities before they all participated in the finals.  The three day workshop included interactive basketball drills, leadership activities and discussions about using these new skills to create social change. The players were able to interact with one another as peers and develop new relationships as teammates even though they are opponents on court. They practiced public speaking skills, the art of negotiation and influencing as well as understanding the importance of strategy, decision making and inclusion in becoming a true leader.

16 year-old Lydia Roberts expressed what she thought of the Leadership Workshop, “I found it very educational. We gained information we can use in our lives and in our communities to make a positive change through basketball and others techniques. It was such a positive environment for learning, making it fun which makes you want to learn more. It was excellent, I loved it and enjoyed every piece of it, especially the great interaction and getting to know others and being able to practice french and other languages.” We look forward to hearing about how all of the participants take their learning into their communities and put their leadership skills into practice.

Navjeet Sira, Director of Design and Impact, explained her view of the workshop, “The players have been impressive on and off the court. They have been engaged throughout and took time to set realistic goals inspiring us all. They know the value of basketball for good and we look forward to hearing about the implementation of the goals they have set themselves to better their communities. I must commend all the teams for showing great courage to step out of their comfort zones and representing their countries so well. Congratulations to them all.”

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