Basketball is a relatively new sport, invented in 1891. It has now grown into one of the most well-known sports in the United States. Introduced to Africa around the 1960s, basketball has grown into a popular sport that is viewed around the world. After more people noticed and practiced it, it prompted the integration of twelve African countries to join FIBA ââand the world stage. These nations include Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Morocco, Libya, Northern Rhodesia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Togo. At present, FIBA ââAfrica has grown to a point where every African nation has a designated team, leading to 54 teams active in the institution.
Ethiopia has the longest basketball tradition in sub-Saharan Africa. As part of the founding member of the FIBA ââAfrican Championship, the team once belonged to Africa’s top five basketball teams. Since the mid-1960s, however, the team has lost its international significance.
Passionate about basketball, Hiruy Amanuel, a sports enthusiast and entrepreneur has put resources into one of the San Fernando Valley’s most important youth basketball programs, which offers basketball training from the highest quality by experienced staff and knowledgeable mentors who have not only played the game at high levels, but believe that basketball plays a crucial role in life’s ordinary victories and afflictions. Amanuel believes that sports diplomacy transcends social contrasts and unites individuals. Participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork and communication skills that help young people establish themselves in all areas of their lives.
Today, Amanuel is poised to popularize basketball in Ethiopia and aims to restore the team to its former glory by spreading the basketball culture. The next major step for this sports enthusiast is to spread the spirit of the game throughout Ethiopia in collaboration with the Addis Ababa Basketball Federation. He now wishes to give back to his Ethiopian and East African brothers by developing their sportsmanship.
With his latest ambition to invest in basketball in Ethiopia, there is no doubt that he wants the country’s young people to sincerely put their mind, body and soul into this beautiful game to develop the culture of basketball. ball across Africa. With such noble intention and thought, his entrepreneurship is likely to multiply smiles around the world while empowering young people.
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