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.
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 Academy, an extension of our current academy with additional opportunities for select, non-Senegalese student-athletes.
All students receive full scholarships and daily programming:
Launched in 2013, SEED Rise is an after-school, youth development program for 500 boys and girls (grades K-12) in Senegal and The Gambia. Rise offers basketball clinics and life skills lessons for youth, while also working with local schools, basketball clubs, and coaches to create infrastructure that systematically aligns with education, leadership and social responsibility.
Each student’s primary goal is to stay on track to be promoted to the next grade in school, and, ultimately, to graduate high school and matriculate to university.
All students receive scholarships and weekly programming:
In 2016, we teamed-up with Gambian-based non-profit, Ascend Together, to launch Rise Gambia, an after-school program for middle school students. Using our life skills curriculum and monitoring & evaluation procedures developed through Live, Learn & Play, we trained local Gambian coaches to implement our Rise model in partnership with Ascend.
In 2017, we aim to serve more than 300 students and continue to inspire youth across Gambia.
LIVE,LEARN & PLAY
LIVE,LEARN & PLAY
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:
Life skills lessons
Three annual coaching clinics
SEED Scholars provides career services and job placement support for SEED graduates around the world. With more than 110 alumni currently working or studying in 16 countries, we support their continued growth and help them think beyond the basketball court.
Each summer, we host a student-athlete career services workshop in NYC and bring together more than 20 student-athletes from Africa and the United States and engage them in full-day workshops, including: financial literacy, networking, mock interviews, career counseling and former student-athlete guest speakers.
We also provide our graduates with professional development mentoring services by pairing them with young professionals in the U.S. and Senegal to provide career counseling.
Our annual career services symposium each summer in NYC brings together more than 20 student-athletes from Africa and the United States to engage in full-day workshops, including: financial literacy, networking, mock interviews, career counseling and former student-athlete guest speakers. The primary goal of this workshop is to help our students identify career paths, learn how to network, and secure a quality job.