Launched in 2002, the SEED Academy is the first basketball student-athlete academy in Africa. This elite boarding school environment provides up to 40 high potential student-athletes, grades 6-12, with a rigorous academic experience and elite level athletic training. 

From 2002-12, the Academy served exclusively boys and had tremendous success - more than 100 students matriculated to university or secured a job.  With both a need and a demand for higher quality girls sports programming in Senegal, and an organizational commitment towards gender equality, we teamed-up with NBA Champion, Boris Diaw, and his Babac'ards Foundation, and launched SEED Academy Girls in 2013.

Each student’s primary goal is to graduate high school and matriculate to university or secure a quality job upon leaving the program. Many of our graduates leverage their athletic talents and secure university scholarships at some of the top institutions around the world to continue their studies.


The academy is located in Thies, Senegal and is housed at CNEPS, a government sports training and youth development facility.  All SEED Academy Boys students (max. 20) board at the facility while all SEED Academy Girls (20) live in Thies at home or with host families. 

In January 2017, we partnered with the NBA to launch the NBA Africa Academyan extension of our current academy with additional opportunities for select, non-Senegalese student-athletes.

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All students receive full scholarships and daily programming: 

  • Tuition to attend a local private or public middle school or high school 
  • English language classes 
  • Elite basketball training 
  • Academic tutoring and grade monitoring 
  • College placement support (BAC, SAT/ACT, TOEFL) 
  • Study abroad opportunities in the U.S., Africa, Europe or Canada