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Basketball youth players learn tips and life lessons from the #NBA and #WNBA players visiting Cameroon this week.

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Cameroonian National Basketball Association (NBA) star Luc Richard Mbah A Moute is back home in Cameroon with Sports Envoys NBA and WNBA stars Charlie Bell and Astou Ndiaye, an American who is a native of Senegal. National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s NBA stars are visiting Yaounde from September 5 through 9, 2016 for a series of youth sports community outreach programs in partnership with the Ministry of Sports and the Cameroonian Basketball Federation (FECA Basket). Their visit underscores the partnership between the United States of America and the Republic of Cameroon to promote youth empowerment and education through sports.

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The U.S. Department of State, in collaboration with the NBA and WNBA, is sponsoring the visit of Charlie Bell and Astou Ndiaye to Cameroon as Sports Envoys. The U.S. Embassy in Yaounde worked together with the Ministry of Sports and the Cameroonian Basketball Federation (FECA Basket) to organize a variety of community outreach efforts which included hundreds of youth and adults from all ten regions of the country.

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The Sports Envoys programs also focused on teamwork, the recognition of women’s contributions to sports, and sports as a unifying factor to counter violent extremism among youth. Participants received the opportunity to meet fellow players from across Cameroon’s diverse regions. The highlight of the program was the Junior NBA Finale and Award Ceremony for 450 youth participants held at Yaounde’s Palais des Sports on September 7, 2016. The event concluded the six-week Junior NBA program. Ambassador Michael S. Hoza joined them at that event, and held a reception in their honor that evening at his residence.

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Source:US Embassy Yaoundé, Cameroon

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