basketball.jpgBasketball coach and Hoops for Hope Director in Zimbabwe, Ngoni Mukukula has paid tribute to all stakeholders  who played a part in the growth of the organisation on its way to receiving an award from the International Olympic Committee for inspiring young people through the use of  sport as a vehicle for social and personal change.

 

The recognition by the International Olympic Committee was the culmination of more than a decade of hard work by Hoops for Hope Zimbabwe which provides basic tools that young people need to play the team sport of basketball.

 

The organisation supplements this with an interactive role model oriented programme called skills for life.

 

The project’s broad aim is to use sport to provide a safe, nurturing environment in which children and youth may develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to help them cope with the anxieties that may arise in everyday life.

 

Hoops for Hope Director in Zimbabwe, Ngoni Mukukula said the award was not for him alone but for all who have played a part in the growth of the organisation over the years.

 

“This ward is not mine alone, but goes to everyone who has played a part in the development of Hoops for Hope since its inception until now and special mention goes to stakeholders such as the City of Harare, the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee and Ministry of Educations, Arts, Sport and Culture and members of the media who have all made our dream a reality,” said Mukukula.

 

Mukukula said their responsibility as Hoops for Hope goes beyond just teaching the youth the basic skills of the game of basketball.

 

He said: “ We don’t do sports only, but we also use basketball as a vehicle to reach out young people and our job is to help children go through the passage from being young to being responsible adults .”

 

The Hoops for Hope development programme, complemented by the Skills 4 Life initiative, uses a number of communication strategies to empower its participants with respect to being team players in the game of basketball, and as individuals conscious of their roles as family members, students and citizens with interpersonal interaction being key among these strategies.