The Basketball Artists School (BAS) in Windhoek on Wednesday celebrated the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace with about 90 young participants.
During the ceremony, participants were taught about the values of fair play, honesty and respect before they started playing in mixed teams.
Girls and boys of different age groups and skill levels played in the same teams.
Special rules allowed the younger and less experienced players to score a lot of points, as all of their baskets counted 3 points and they were not allowed to be blocked by older players, whereas baskets of the older and more experienced players counted only 1 or 2 points – just to make the event more exciting for all participants.
The 50 BAS players were joined by participants from the Open basketball programs in Katutura and Khomasdal, said Ramah Mumba, BAS coordinator and secretary general of the Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF).
It’s an after-school program focusing on education, life skills and basketball, founded in 2010 by the NBF and the German non-profit organization ISIBINDI. The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace was introduced by the United Nations in in 2014 and since then has been an annual celebration of the power of sport to drive social change and community development, and to foster peace and understanding.