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Luc Mbah a Moute in the Africa Game 2017

Luc Mbah a Moute in the Africa Game 2017

The NBA announced on Thursday the list of players who will participate in the Africa Game 2017, a charity match that will take place on Saturday, August 5 in Johannesburg (South Africa). Two teams will compete, the Team Africa of which Luc Mbah Moute is part of, and Team World. The benefits will go to UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages.

Team Africa:
Luol Deng (Los Angeles Lakers), Thabo Sefolosha (Atlanta Hawks), Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic), Clint Capela (Houston Rockets), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors), Luc Mbah a Moute (Los Angeles Clippers), Salah Mejri (Dallas Mavericks), Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets), Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers), Dennis Schroder (Atlanta Hawks).

Team World:
Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets), Leandro Barbosa (Phoenix Suns), Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), Wilson Chandler (Denver Nuggets), DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Courtney Lee (New York Knicks), Kyle Lowry (Raptors), C.J. McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers), Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks).

Luol Deng of South Sudanese origin and Thabo Sefolosha of South African parents will be the two captains of the African selection, while Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker will lead the world.
Several coaches such as Erik Spoelstra (Heat), Mike Malone (Nuggets), Alvin Gentry (Pelicans) or leaders like Masai Ujiri (Raptors) will also attend the event.

 

 

Press review : Basketball Without Borders Holds Special Meaning To Mbah A Moute

Press review : Basketball Without Borders Holds Special Meaning To Mbah A Moute

Basketball without Borders is more than an NBA community outreach program to Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute.

It’s, in some ways, where his basketball dreams became tangible.

The Cameroon native was a camper at the inaugural BWB Africa camp in 2003. Given what it meant to him, Mbah a Moute always makes it a point to stay involved in the program, which this summer meant traveling to Angola to help teach at the camp.

“I go back every year and talk to the kids,” Mbah a Moute said. “You know, just kind of keep the dream alive for them, and make sure they understand the dream is true. I’ve done it; I’ve gone through the whole path, being in their shoes, then going to high school here in the U.S., college, and then being in the NBA now.”

BWB’s goal is to promote the NBA while encouraging positive social change in education, health and wellness worldwide. It brings the top youth players from the area together to receive training from current and former NBA players and coaches.

This summer, the top 87 boys and girls from 27 African countries traveled to the first BWB Africa camp in Angola from Aug. 31-Sept. 3 at Pavilhão Multiusos do Kilamba in Luanda.

Mbah a Moute, who still remembers being a teenage camper with NBA aspirations when he attended 13 years ago in South Africa, was among a group of NBA and FIBA players and coaches teaching the kids, which also included Bismack Biyombo, Eric Bledsoe, Salah Mejri, Thabo Sefolosha and Cody Zeller.

They were joined by NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, as well as former NBA players Charlie Bell, Jason Collins and Olumide Oyedeji and former WNBA players Astou Ndiaye-Diatta and Jenn Lacy. In addition, Pelicans general manager Dell Demps and Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri served as camp directors.

Mbah a Moute said he spent about a month and a half in Africa this summer, and every year he tries to make it a point to return, largely to help with camps.

“It’s always great when you see the kids,” Mbah a Moute said. “They identify with you, because you’ve actually been there. You know what they go through on a regular day, whether it’s basketball-wise, lifestyle-wise, you know because you’re from there.”

And that’s not an anomaly.

Mbah a Moute is one of 21 former BWB campers and one of a record 10 African players who were on opening-night NBA rosters last season. The BWB program began in 2001 in Europe and has since staged 46 camps in 23 countries on six continents, hosting more than 2,500 participants.

Rowan Kavner Digital Content Coordinator

source : http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/basketball-without-borders-holds-special-meaning-mbah-moute

The first Jr. NBA League in Cameroon

The first Jr. NBA League in Cameroon

Cameroonian National Basketball Association (NBA) star Luc Richard Mbah A Moute is back home in Cameroon with Sports Envoys NBA and WNBA stars Charlie Bell and Astou Ndiaye, an American who is a native of Senegal. National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s NBA stars are visiting Yaounde from September 5 through 9, 2016 for a series of youth sports community outreach programs in partnership with the Ministry of Sports and the Cameroonian Basketball Federation (FECA Basket). Their visit underscores the partnership between the United States of America and the Republic of Cameroon to promote youth empowerment and education through sports.

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Basketball Without Borders Americas

Basketball Without Borders Americas

Within the BWB Americas in 2015, the best players in the world born in 1998 will have the opportunity to learn directly legends, players and coaches in the NBA and FIBA, and compete with the best players of North and South America.

BWB is a social program to help local communities organized by the NBA and FIBA. It brings together young basketball players to promote sport and encourage positive social change in the areas of education, health, and well-being.

NBA Africa Game 2015

NBA Africa Game 2015

The first NBA match organized in Africa, between Africa Team at the Team World led to a great show with some surprises like the participation of African legends of the NBA, Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo. After being down for three quarter-time, it is ultimately the World Team that won 101-97.

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Game recap Team World vs Team Africa

 

Event : NBA Africa Game

Event : NBA Africa Game

Luc Mbah a Moute will travel to Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa, to participate in the NBA Africa Game on 1 August, a gala that will pit a selection of NBA players from Africa to a global selection also composed of NBA players.

All profits from this first NBA game in Africa will be donated to three organizations: Boys and Girls Club of South Africa, SOS Children’s Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Other events will be organized around this match, as conference with intervention of NBA players and legends as well as coaches, about leadership and health / wellness for youth.
Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs coach) will handle the Team Africa while Lionel Hollins (Brooklyn Nets coach) will manage the World Team.

Team Africa, comprised of players born in Africa and second-generation African players, will feature team captain and two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng (Miami Heat; Great Britain; born in South Sudan), Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.; parents from Nigeria), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece; parents from Nigeria), Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets; France; parent from Cameroon), Bismack Biyombo (Toronto Raptors; Democratic Republic of the Congo), Boris Diaw (San Antonio Spurs; France; parent from Senegal), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves; Senegal), Festus Ezeli (Golden State Warriors; Nigeria), Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder; Congo)*, and Luc Mbah a Moute (Sacramento Kings; Cameroon).

Team World, comprised of players from the rest of the world, will feature team captain, NBPA President and eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers; U.S.), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards; U.S.), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets; U.S.), Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies; Spain), Pau Gasol (Chicago Bulls; Spain), Jeff Green (Memphis Grizzlies; U.S.), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics; U.S.), Evan Turner (Boston Celtics; U.S.) and Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic; Montenegro).

Africa Game 2015 teasing

Donations to the orphanage Foyer Saint Teresa of childhood

Donations to the orphanage Foyer Saint Teresa of childhood

As every year, Luc Mbah a Moute during the organizing basketball camps in Cameroon, distributes a multitude of gifts, especially in orphanages. This year, it is the young children of the Home of St. Therese who had the pleasure to receive food and presents from Luc Mbah a Moute.

 

 

Festival Openaire Streetbasket

Festival Openaire Streetbasket

Luc Mbah a Moute was the special guest of the Festival OpenAIRE Streetbasket in Geneva, a high-level basketball tournament punctuated by many events.

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Luc guest in Sunday Night Live

Luc guest in Sunday Night Live

Luc Mbah a Moute is in France! Guest on the TV studio Sunday Night Live (beIN Sports), Luc participated in the basketball show and told us, among other analysis on the season of his team.

Luc’s interview and show’s appearances in Cameroon

Luc’s interview and show’s appearances in Cameroon

LMAM is currently in Cameroon and he participated in several local shows where he had an amazing time sharing his basketball season and his future plans.

 

Samuel Eto’o and Luc Mbah a Moute

Samuel Eto’o and Luc Mbah a Moute

With the sport’s season coming to an end, our Cameroonians Champions Luc Mbah a Moute and Samuel Eto’o shared a fun moment together on social media. Luc offered Samuel his jersey from the Timberwolves.

 

Eye-Opening Visit

Since joining the NBA in 2008, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has used his platform to give back to his native Cameroon and surrounding countries in Africa.


Luc visited refugee camps in Kenya last month with a UNICEF outreach team.

Luc has made several trips over to Africa with outreach programs, many of which involved basketball. But nothing he did prior could prepare Luc for what he saw last week when he participated in a UNICEF outreach mission trip to Kenya.

Along with OKC Thunder forward Nick Collison and NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo, Luc visited a refugee camp in Kakuma where more than 100,000 refugees are living. He told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that the trip gave him a different perspective on the state of things in different parts of the continent.

« Being African, you think you’ve seen it all. The refugee camp was something I’ve never seen before, » he said. « We vaccinated kids for polio and went to the schools. »


Luc administers a Polio vaccine in Turkana with UNICEF.

According to UNICEF, the camp was established back in 1992. At that point it housed 7,000 refugees and has added nearly 100,000 in the last 20 years. Kakuma occupies 12 square kilometres and is above its capacity. It houses refugees from Somalia, South Sudan, Burundi and Ethiopia. Of the 100,000, more than 50 percent are children and one of the main goals of the programs through UNICEF is to provide more places where those children can go and get a proper education.

In addition to learning about the camp and touring the grounds, Luc, Collison and Mutumbo led a basketball camp at Kakuma. They then travelled to Lodwar, where they met rescued girls at St. Monica’s Girls’ School and the Nardikonyen Children Rescue Centre. The group also visited Turkana, where they vaccinated kids for polio.

« It was an amazing experience to go over there and see my brothers, » Luc said. « It was very powerful for me. »

View more pictures of Luc’s journey below, courtesy of UNICEF:


Luc and Dikembe get ready to head to Kenya.


The crew is on its way.


Arrival at the UNICEF Turkana office in Lodwar.


Meeting with the district commissioner in Lodwar before touring the area.


Ready to begin our mission.

Visiting a classroom in Lokitaung Primary School, where the average classroom has to hold 114 students.


The group speaks with rescued girls at St. Monica’s Girls’ school in Lodwar.


Sleeping arrangements at St. Monica’s, where, due to space constraints, girls sleep two to a bed.


The borehole where girls at St. Monica’s fetch water.


The group goes through security check, departing the camp after a life-changing experience.

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A Special Night Off

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute used a night off on Monday to do something special.

Luc and his Milwaukee Bucks teammates hosted a basketball clinic on Monday night for 200 Special Olympics athletes and their coaches at Homestead High School in nearby Mequon, Wisconsin.

 

The Bucks have enjoyed a longstanding partnership with Special Olympics, a relationship that goes back nearly 25 years and though the members of each organization have changed, the warmth and caring spirit remains on the Bucks.

That goes especially for Luc, who, in his three years as an NBA player, has become well known for his charitable contributions to help kids in the U.S. and abroad.

« For us to have the impact we have on the kids is always something special, » he told FOX6 on Monday night. « This is even more special. »

Many of the Special Olympics athletes got excited to meet some of their favorite players.

« I like to see all the Bucks people, like my favorite players. It’s nice! » Mario Ogunbowale said.


Bucks players and the Special Olympics athletes bring their hands together as a sign of unity.

While the athletes had a great time at the event, it was also special for their parents, who had a chance to see their children have fun and interact with some of their idols.

« It’s the atmosphere. It brings the good out, » Brenda North, parent of a Special Olympian, told FOX6. « It’s wonderful. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so it will be cherished for a long time to come. »

Bucks assistant coach Jim Boylan told FOX6 that the event also offers players, coaches and Bucks staff members some unique perspective.

« Sometimes you think your life is tough, and you have a lot of things on your mind, and then you come around these kids and they just have joy in their hearts, and a pep in their step, and they’re happy to be out here interacting with you, playing basketball and having a good time, » he said. « It really puts things in perspective. »

BUCKS DROP WEEKEND PAIR

Coming off one of the most successful weeks in recent franchise history, with wins over the Lakers and Heat, the Bucks were riding-high. But they hit a bump in the road over the weekend.

Milwaukee lost both games of a Friday-Saturday back-to-back, dropping one the Pistons, 88-80, in Detroit on Friday night before returning home and succumbing to the Bulls, 113-90 on Saturday.

Luc was 3-of-6 for seven points and added five rebounds in Detroit on Friday. On Saturday, he did his best to stay in front of Chicago’s Luol Deng, forcing Deng to take 19 shots to get his 21 points.

On the offensive end, Luc was one of nine Bucks held to single digits on the scoreboard with five points. He added four rebounds and two blocks, but Milwaukee could not find enough offense to keep up with Chicago, as only Drew Gooden and Tobias Harris scored in double-digits.

« I’m hopeful it’s fatigue or something, » Bucks coach Scott Skiles said of the lack of us success over the weekend, « and we can get our legs under us [Sunday] and come back and have a good practice on Monday and try to get something going for next week. »

NEXT UP

The Bucks have a healthy chance at a winning week, with games against Phoenix, Toronto and Cleveland on the slate. All three of their opponents sport records worse than Milwaukee at the moment.

The week begins tonight as the Bucks finish up a quick homestand by hosting the Phoenix Suns at the Bradley Center. Luc’s versatility will be needed as the Suns have one of the most versatile front lines in the league.

Former MVP Steve Nash recorded a season high in points against the Bucks on Jan. 8, so the Prince may be called upon to slow him down as well.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m CST and the game can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

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