The global growth of the National Basketball Association and the sport are undeniable and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is helping make sure that growth has a positive impact on his native country and continent.
This summer, Luc went back to Africa to serve as a counselor and instructor for Basketball Without Borders, a program designed to give African youngsters training and opportunities in the sport. It’s a program that nourished Luc’s interest in the game when he was a kid in Cameroon and opened doors for him to the NBA.
This year’s camp was recently featured on an episode of ABC’s Nightline and Luc told reporter Jeffrey Kofman that basketball offers not only an opportunity, but a welcome distraction for African children:
« For kids who have the right to stay kids, basketball can bring them back to that stage, » he said. « Going through all that stuff they’re going through…when they get the ball, they become kids again. »
Watch the entire feature below and learn more about Basketball Without Borders at nba.com/bwb.