1 Percent CLUB Basketball_Africa Development Camp

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" We train to make
gains, not to maintain."

-Jeremy Russotti

In the summer of 2006, the 1% CLUB is expanding nationally into West Africa. Teaming with the "Better Africa Foundation," started the first annual BAF sports camp in Cotonou, Benin. Working with Emmanuel Akognon (Josh's father and CEO of Better Africa Foundation), the camp included 450 prospects for the sports of basketball and soccer. The 4-day camp, which was held at the National Stadium in Benin, was a huge success with the players, as well as with the Benin government.

The 1% Club was able to implement high level skill training to the African players with unexpectantly a high achievement rate. "I was amazed at how quickly they were able to pick up the teaching principles. The players were so eager to learn and attentive to everything we were throwing at them. I don't think I ever got a lunch break due to the fact I had so many players wanting to talk and have me show them more about basketball. It was wonderful to be able to provide them with resources and information to further motivate them and give them hope." The ultimate goal of the BAF Sports Camp is to provide scholarships to prospective student-athletes in attending high schools in the US.

For more information on the Better Africa Foundation or people willing to support their efforts, please refer to www.betterafrica.org