The Blessed Hoops Association
We have setup an academy in Dakar Senegal, which currently is one of the main scouting locations.
We are pleased to announce our partnership with the highly accomplished coach Karl Gomis who grew up in Paris, France. He is currently coaching at Halwar in Hann-Mariste, which is one of Senegal’s top schools.
Our long term goal is to improve the playing conditions in Dakar by providing high level coaching and modern facilities. This will allow us to help players build a better basketball foundation. It is also our intention to help our athletes develop academically.
Our goal ultimately is to guide our players towards a full scholarship, to do this we consider many athletic and academic factors as we prepare them for life as a student-athlete.
What the Scolarship Covers
– Tuition to attend a local private or public middle school or high school
– English language classes
– High performance basketball training
– Academic tutoring and grade monitoring
– College placement support (BAC, SAT/ACT, TOEFL)
– Study abroad opportunities in the U.S., Africa, Europe
We desire to develop, design and build a modern basketball court, as the conditions currently are in a state that hinders the growth of local talent. This is a major goal for us since we recognise that any improvement in the playing conditions will lead to higher level players.
Our first ever tournament in Dakar
We had our first ever basketball tournament in Liberté 6 in Dakar Senegal in October 2018. We invited talent scouts from the United States and France to watch 65 players from the city of Dakar. The event was a highlight of 2018 and was received very well by the city of Dakar. From this event 4 players were able to earn full scolarships to different schools and academies around the world.
The Social Impact
Our first year of experience has made us aware of some more subtle problems that are hindering the progress of these talented players. We have found that athletically our student-athletes are able to compete with the top players in the world, in their respective age groups. However, they are falling short academically, and we recognize the importance to help find solutions to this issue. By having the goal of our players earning athletic scholarships, we are directly aligned with the idea that school must be a priority for them to succeed in life as a player, and after their careers. We increase their awareness of the international exams that will need to be taken and passed for them to reach their goals. We also mentor our players by using basketball to teach fundamental life skills such as time management and punctuality, self discipline and communication skills.