NBA Stars Partner With Cameroon For Youth Sports Outreach

The United States Embassy in Yaoundé announces that two National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s NBA stars, Charlie Bell and Astou Ndiaye will visit Yaounde from September 5 through 9, 2016 for a series of youth sports community outreach programs which will include hundreds of youth and adults from all ten regions of the country.  In partnership with the Ministry of Sports and the Cameroonian Basketball Federation (FECA Basket), the visit underscores the partnership between the United States of America and the Republic of Cameroon to promote youth empowerment and education through sports.

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 programs will focus on teamwork, the recognition of women’s contributions to sports, and sports as a unifying factor to counter violent extremism among youth.  Participants will have an opportunity to meet fellow players from across Cameroon’s diverse regions, with the highlight being the Junior NBA Finale and Award Ceremony for 450 youth participants to be held on September 7 at the Yaounde Sports Complex. The event, which is open to the public, will conclude the six-week Junior NBA program.

Sports Envoys are athletes and coaches who travel overseas to lead programs developed by U.S. embassies and consulates with local partners. Astou Ndiaye-Diatta is a 1997 cum laude graduate of Southern Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in business.  Ndiaye-Diatta played five seasons for the Shock, including winning the 2003 WNBA Championship.  Other experience include the Indiana Fever (2004), Houston Comets (2006) and Seattle Storm (2007) and a professional career in Italy.

Charlie Bell is a former NBA player who attended Michigan State University, where he appeared in three NCAA Final Fours and won the NCAA Championship in 2000.  Bell had brief stints with the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks before playing professionally in Italy and Spain from 2002-05.

For more information, please contact the United States Embassy in Yaounde, Press section Tel 22 20 15 00, ext, 4446, 4508 or 4072.