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Basketball’s Best in Senegal

Sports Envoy CJ Watson (far right) shares basketball tips with an ISD student as a Senegalese coach observes. [US Embassy photo]

Sports Envoy CJ Watson (far right) shares basketball tips with an ISD student as a Senegalese coach observes. [US Embassy photo]

Sports Envoy Chamique Holdsclaw (at right) coaches a girls basketball game. [US Embassy photo]

Sports Envoy Chamique Holdsclaw (at right) coaches a girls basketball game. [US Embassy photo]

From August 24-28, 2012 WNBA Legend Chamique Holdsclaw and NBA Brooklyn Nets guard C.J. Watson participated in a U.S. Department of State “Sports Envoy” program in Senegal.  These basketball super stars shared their time and talent with over 200 Senegalese boys and girls in Thies and Dakar. 

Holdsclaw, an Olympic gold medalist, offered ball handling drills, and Watson helped youth improve their basketball shooting skills.  Youth in the clinics ranged from age 9 to 18 and also learned about fair play, dedication and teamwork.  Both Sports Envoys, graduates of the University of Tennessee, emphasized the importance of getting an education. 

The U.S. Embassy was proud to partner with SEEDS (Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal) to run the clinics.  The envoys also held a press conference with the Senegalese women’s sports reporters association, and visited UNESCO World Heritage site, Gorée island.