UD basketball initiative rolls into Cape
Rolando Blackman, NBA legend and current front office executive
with the Dallas Mavericks, leads a session for children in
Cape Verde as part of UD's International Basketball Initiative.
The T-shirts the children are wearing bear the slogan, "Fair
play: No to corruption."
10:24 a.m., Jan. 23, 2007--The University of Delaware International
Basketball Initiative worked in partnership with a number
of agencies to sponsor a basketball clinic with a message
against corruption in conjunction with International Anti-Corruption
Day on Dec. 9 in Cape Verde, an island republic off the coast
of western Africa.
UD partnered with the regional office for West and Central
Africa of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the
National Basketball Association's Dallas Mavericks, Sport
for Education and Economic Development (SEED) and the government
of Cape Verde to hold the event, according to Matthew J. Robinson,
associate professor of sport management and director of the
UD International Basketball Initiative.
The opening ceremony included the participation of Jose Manuel
Andrade, the Cape Verdean minister of justice; Amado Philip
de Andres, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime deputy regional
representative for West and Central Africa; and Patricia de
Mowbray, the U.N. system coordinator in the archipelago.
“The event was a huge success in terms of communicating a
positive message to youth,” de Andres, who organized the event,
said. “Mr. Blackman and Mr. Fall and Mrs. Ndiaye are such
positive role models for the youth. They have demonstrated
that through hard work and education anything can be accomplished.
We can not thank them enough for their efforts.”
“We are glad we were able to contribute and to work with
great organizations and people,” Robinson said. “Amadou, Rolando
and Fatou are true ambassadors of the game of basketball and
great human beings. Their efforts in encouraging youth to
live their dreams are inspiring. It also was an honor to work
with the U.N. on this project.”
Those in attendance heard messages from Blackman, Fall and
Ndiaye pertaining to the U.N. slogan "You Can Stop Corruption"
and the national slogan "Jogo Limpo, Não a Corrupção" (Fair
Play, No to Corruption). They also emphasized the importance
of education to the children along with the basketball skills