My name is Nasiphi “Nas” Khafu and I am a 28-year-old South African female. I have been part of PeacePlayers International-South Africa since 2006. I started as a participant in the Leadership Development Program, and was later hired as a coach. After 2 years as coach I was promoted to City Area Coordinator. In 2012 I was privileged to be one of the twelve young South African basketball coaches selected to visit America during a coaching skills development exchange programme supported by the US State Department’s SportsUnited Programme. I was also one of two young leaders selected from the Laureus Youth Empowerment through Sport Programme (YES) to attend their annual Project Summit in Barcelona, Spain.
I recently finished my International Fellowship with PeacePlayers International-Northern Ireland, and I continue to be a youth mentor for Laureus Youth Empowerment through Sport Programme. During my time in Northern Ireland, I received few opportunity through States Department to attend the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in Colorado, Denver, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation invited me to co-facilitate leadership training as a YES mentor at PeacePlayers-Cyprus, I also attended the One Young World Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, I co-facilitated a session and had a chance to be in the panel talking about the power of sports in helping build safe society.
Previously I was a Fitness Instructor at Virgin Active Classic Health Club – Classic, in South Africa, a volunteer for the Siyabathanda Abantwana Youth Organization as Marketing and Communications Manager, and I served as the Vice President of the board of From the Roots. In 2010 I received a 3 year National Diploma in Sport Management from the Durban University of Technology.
I am a strong believer in youth development using sport, arts and culture as a platform. I believe that young people can perform better if given the resources, support and proper guidance. My next adventure will be getting a business degree as I plan to grow my business knowledge to hopefully be a social entrepreneur, soon.