This is a short clip of the first recruitment/training day of DanKind Academy (DKA) at the International School of Kenya in 2012.
What's DanKind Academy (DKA) ?
"DanKind Academy will educate and train the twelve players to be more then just athletes but role models on and off the court and help their new nation of South Sudan look forward to a brighter future. With lucrative salaries playing professional basketball our athletes will be able to make important and much needed contributions to their home nation in a variety of different ways.
Our vision is that athletes will not only become a source of pride but also will be able to return home to build perpetually energised homes, schools, hospitals, water pumps, other much needed construction and various other charitable project endeavours.
DKA has a mission of producing a new generation of players with the values and dedication to charity of inspirational, African professional athletes in the past such as Manute Bol, Luol Deng and Dikembe Mutombo who have done so much for progress in Africa already.
Another aspiration that DKA hopes to achieve through is making basketball the national sport in South Sudan. We aim to do this by providing a source of inspiration to the youth by helping the players we train eventually represent their nation in international competition such as in the African Championships of basketball and Olympic Games in which even the former Sudan has hardly ever competed. We want to develop the neglected talent in South Sudan so that those involved can help themselves and their people.
DanKind Academy will be an enabler to counter the problem of neglected, potential and gifted athletes missing their chances to shine on the international stage of sport. Our coaches will provide a two year program delivering the tools needed to compete and flourish in leagues all around the world.
DanKind Academy is seeking a funding source to train an elite group of South Sudanese athletes in Poissy, France. The aim is to provide twelve of the tallest South Sudanese boys ages 14 to 21 years old with a two year intensive training program leading to an opportunity to play professional basketball. The goal is to produce role models similar to other African professional athletes in the past such as Manute Bol, Luol Deng and Dikembe Mutombo who have contributed positively and given back to the desperate needs of Africa.
Sudanese are some of the tallest people in the world and with the correct training we believe they can use this to their advantage. With lucrative salaries playing professional basketball our athletes will be able to make important and much needed contributions to their home nation in a variety of different ways.
We will be able to measure what we have achieved by how popular basketball becomes in South Sudan once we are able to establish courts, coaches, referees, after-school practices, leagues and Olympic programs similar to sports club systems in Western civilisation. The players that we train will also frequently return in their off season to hold events, tournaments and camps for the children and next generation of South Sudanese.
Who Else Will Benefit From The Project
The original beneficiaries of the money needed to fund the DKA project will be the twelve athletes chosen and recruited for the academy.
The sequential benefits the twelve athletes will be able to create from the opportunities they are given will reach millions of people from their own nation. Sport can provide sustainable wider community improvements and teach the work ethic needed for a pathway to success. Sport is a terrific way to develop skills, learn to work together, learn rules and strategies, and understand team concepts. It is also a positive way for people to improve their individual physical fitness level and live a healthy lifestyle.
The sport of basketball using the natural talents of a tall athletic nation will benefit far beyond the skill set of a basketball player. This project will produce sustainable progress and the long term benefits of sports on society will change the face of Africa. The negativity of war and corruption can be reversed and celebrated as national sports heros will lead a people with positivity."