Senegal has one of the youngest populations in the world - half are under 18, approximately 6M young people.  Our programs are designed to inspire, empower and equip these young people with the skills they need to succeed. Through this, we will re-define the student-athlete model and develop socially conscious scholars that will continue to drive Africa forward. 

We currently serve more than 8,000 students (grades K-College) in Senegal and the United States, and train more than 50 coaches annually in Senegal.


PRogram Goals

  1. Increase year-to-year school retention rates
  2. Increase middle school and high school graduation rates
  3. Decrease school drop-out rates
  4. Reduce the education gender gap
  5. Promote civic participation among youth
  6. Provide high-quality athletic programming

Launched in 2014 in partnership with the NBA and USAID, Live, Learn & Play (LLP) is a youth development program dedicated to training coaches, developing sports infrastructure and using basketball to encourage citizenship among Senegalese youth.  We currently work with more than 40 schools and youth basketball clubs in Dakar and Thies, and serve more than 8,000 students, boys and girls.

All coaches are trained in a comprehensive basketball / life skills curriculum that was co-developed by the NBA and SEED.  Students receive weekly after-school basketball programming and life skills lessons that use the basketball court as a teaching tool to promote positive values among youth.


Weekly programming includes: 

Basketball clinics

Life skills lessons

Grade monitoring

Three annual coaching clinics