Hoops4Kids, Inc. was founded by a native of Niger, Yacouba Sangare and his wife Tracy Sangare. Yacouba graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Boston where he earned his B.A. in Education and African Studies. Yacouba then received his Masters in International Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Yacouba played for the national basketball team of Niger.
In the summer of 1993, Yacouba participated in the Dickinson College Basketball Camp in Pennsylvania as an assistant coach. A trip that was arranged by the American Cultural Center and Sue Rosenfeld, the former director of the English Language Program at the American Cultural Center in Niamey and advisor of Hoops4kids. While at Dickinson College, Yacouba worked with the Men's Basketball Coach, Dave Frohman. Yacouba coached at the Dickinson College Camp June 1993, July 1994, and June 1996. Yacouba also worked as coach at the Boston College basketball camp in 1998. In July 1999, he tought basketball skills at the National Youth Sport Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Yacouba has coached various high school and youth teams in Niamey, Niger, Cambridge, MA and Upstate New York areas (Shenendehowa High School, Scotia High School and Schenectady High School. Yacouba successfully completed the coaching principles course by the American Sport Education Program. Yacouba is also the Africa Ambassador to Youth Basketball Of America. In May 2002, Yacouba participated in the Youth Basketball Of America basketball and educational program as a consultant in Tampico, Mexico. Yacouba is a certified basketball coach in the State of New York. Currently, Yacouba teaches second grade in the Schenectady City School District.
The program’s CO-Founder, Tracy Sangaré, received her Masters in Urban Education from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. Tracy Sangaré received her Bachelors in Science in Special Education from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. While a student at Boston University, Tracy was trained as an instructor through the AIDS Action Committee. Tracy taught elementary school in Cambridge, MA and she is currently teaching English as a Second Language in the North Colonie school district, in New York.
The founders of Hoops4Kids, Inc. have a passion for working with youth. This can be seen through their professional and volunteer activities. They do not receive any compensation for their work for Hoops4Kids, Inc.
TREASURER, Co-FOUNDER TRACY SANGARÉ
Goals and objectives:
The goals and objectives of the Hoops4Kids, Inc. Basketball Camp are the following:
1. Provide every participant with clean water and a snack.
2. Teach young boys and girls the importance of taking care of their health.
3. Teach children the fundamentals of basketball.
4. Encourage girls to participate in a sport.
5. Encourage children to stay in school while playing basketball.
6. Establish a relationship with the Ministry of Sports and Culture, the Ministry of Health,
the National Basketball Federation in Niger other African countries and youth organizations
to continue working with students during the school year.
7. Develop a solid pilot program that can be replicated in other African Countries.
8. Run a coaches clinic to train coaches and encourage more people to coach.
9. Provide age appropriate health education to the children attending the camp.
10. Build bathrooms at basketball courts and schools.
11. Provide schools and youth organizations with basketballs, uniforms and materials needed for successful programs.
12. Have central pick up points and provide transportation so children do not have to walk miles to go to events and games.
13. Train referees so children can play productive, safe games.
The following are long term goals for Hoops4Kids, Inc. :
* bring children from the United States to participate in the camp in Niger.
* bring children from Niger to the United States to attend basketball camps, tournaments
and cultural activity events.
* give the opportunity to Nigerien and African children in general to get a college
education in the US.
* build a community center where children can come after school and during vacation
for help with school work and to participate in various activities.
* create a model program that can be replicated in other African countries.