UMASS BOSTON CONTINUES ITS WORK TO BRING BASKETBALL TO AFRICA'S YOUTH

July 19, 2010

SENEGAL, AFRICA - University of Massachusetts Boston Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation, Special Programs and Projects, Charlie Titus, who is also a member of the National Black Coaches and Administrators joined with Professor Jemadari Kamara of UMass Boston's Center for African, Caribbean and Community Development and fellow BCA member Stan Nance of Emerson College travelled to Senegal in West Africa to promote the Youth Education and Sports (YES) Africa initiative.

The project was initiated by Titus and Kamara over 10 years ago. While in Senegal, the contingent worked side-by-side with the staff from YES Senegal, including Patrick Desousa and Fidel Coley, in addition to Technical Director of the Senegalese Basketball Federation, Ousseynou Diop and Professor/Coach Ado Sano of the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in the capital city of Dakar.

The group visited the cities of Dakar, Mbour, Diourbel and Saint Louis, where Coach Titus led a coaches training session in the morning and youth clinics in the early evening. The focus of the training sessions and clinics were the fundamentals of dribbling, shooting and passing. The contingent completed two-hour sessions each day from June 14-24. All told, 80 coaches received training and over 200 youth received instruction through the clinics.