This past week two PPI-SA coaches, Yamkelo Nako and Sno Mancunga traveled to Cape Town (2 hour flight) to lead and coordinate basketball clinics in Gugulethu and Heideveld. This was in partnership with Beyond Sport, an organization that promotes, supports and celebrates the use of sport to address social issues in communities around the world. Beyond sport brought 12 participants from the United States to Cape Town with two goals. One, to help PPI-SA build relationships within Cape Town basketball communities. Two, to build a relationship between PPI-SA and the universities Beyond Sport participants represent. What was the way they chose to do this? Through these basketball clinics of course! In this week’s blog, Yamkela Nako shares his thoughts about his experience in Cape Town.
During our stay in Cape Town we had the opportunity to explore Cape Town for what it is famous for; Robben Island. We got the opportunity to see Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, climb up Table Mountain and go on the Garden Route Game Drive where we saw four of the big five game African animals.
In addition to all the amazing site seeing we did, we were able to also meet and interact with the children in Gugulethu and Heiderveld during the clinics.
The clinics were amazing because Sno and I got to lead and coordinate the programme with the assistance of Kyler Mcclary, who is a PPI-SA Fellow Alums. For the first couple of days in Cape Town we felt like tourists, but as soon as we entered those basketball courts and started coached, we felt like we were back at home.
Another highlight was meeting and just being around our new friends from America. They really made our experience Cape Town really memorable. From playing pick up basketball with them to taking selfies on Table Mountain, we really had a wonderful time. We are so grateful to PPI-SA and Beyond Sport for this extraordinary opportunity.
Thank you to Kyler Mclary and Beyond Sport for providing our coaches with this amazing opportunity. We look forward to more partnerships with Beyond Sport in the future.