New BAS basketball court officially openedEnlarge image The German Ambassador Christian Schlaga scored the first basket (© BAS)
The Basketball Artists School (BAS) Foundation in Katutura officially opened their new basketball court on 28 October 2017. The new court was financed by the Embassy’s micro-project fund with approximately N$ 380 000. Further sponsors were the former BAS supporting association Isibindi e.V. with its private German donors, as well as the International Basketball Foundation (IBF) in cooperation with the German Basketball Federation (DBB).
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by more than 100 people, amongst them many young basketball players. The German Ambassador Christian Schlaga scored the first basket. Attending DBB representative Joachim Spägele was impressed with the progress that has been made at BAS. Andrew Masongo, President of the Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF), as well as Simaata Freddy Mwiya, Chief Administrator of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), thanked the German Embassy and the German donors for their continued support of Namibian youth basketball. In return, founding trustee of BAS Foundation and DOSB expert, Frank Albin, also thanked the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service for availing the ground inside the Katutura Sports Complex and promised that BAS will maintain the facilities
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by an official U18 FIBA 3x3 tournament in cooperation with NBF. BAS was founded in February 2010 and currently has 65 boys and girls from age 7 to 19 years attending the daily after-school program, as well as almost 100 children attending the Open Program twice a week. The BAS motto is “Education First – Basketball Second”. BAS Foundation is supported with the project “Free Throw – Basketball Artists against HIV & AIDS” through the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).Enlarge image Ambassador Schlaga with BAS founding member and DOSB expert Frank Albin (© BAS)