The African Scholar-Athlete Games
(And The Long-Range Scholar-Athlete Games Plan)
In 2013, the Institute for International Sport administered a pilot African Scholar Athlete Games in Namibia with the view toward the development of a full scale African Scholar Athlete Games involving all 54 African countries. Andrew Hippert and Paz Magat traveled to Namibia on behalf of the Institute to help administer the pilot event and to conduct a needs assessment. View Andrew's comments, including his thoughts on equipment needs.
Since the Namibian event, the Institute has developed the plan for a full scale 2018 African Scholar-Athlete Games. The early steps include a forthcoming sports equipment drive that the Institute will administer in the United States, and the recent appointment of the event’s chief administrator.
Andrew Hippert represented the Institute for International Sport at the Institute's pilot African Scholar Athlete Games held in Namibia. Listen to Andrew's impassioned plea for sports equipment.
The Institute has appointed Kunle Raji of Nigeria as chief administrator of the African Scholar Athlete Games. Kunle's role will include overseeing the distribution of equipment that the Institute will send to Nigeria. Kunle holds a master's degree in sports administration from Northeastern University. His distinguished career includes a stint with the New England Patriots as special project assistant to the general manager. Kunle then served as coordinator of African recruitment for the Institute's World Scholar Athlete Games, and as chief administrator of the Institute's Nigerian volleyball exchange program, a program which encompassed the Institute sending coaches to Nigeria, as well as sports equipment and computers.
Kunle is now working with the Nigerian Government regarding details of shipment and dispersal of the equipment. When the Nigerian plan is set, the equipment drive will begin. The Institute has enlisted the support of inter-collegiate athletic directors and coaches in the United States who have signed on to help with the drive. In the past, the Institute has sent extensive amounts of sports equipment to foreign countries, ranging from Burundi to Haiti.
The African Scholar-Athlete Games will welcome delegations from all 54 African countries, as well as a delegation from the United States. The event will follow the Scholar Athlete Games model of no national teams, and a sharp focus on certain themes. The African Scholar-Athlete Games themes will include world hunger, emerging technology, and documentary and music production. The documentary and music component will become a focal point of all future Scholar-Athlete Games programs.
Sport in Africa: The African Scholar-Athlete Games Documentary
Under the direction of Dan Doyle and Kunle Raji, a documentary on African sport is in pre-production. The documentary will address facility and equipment needs in Africa, as well as the extraordinary challenges most African athletes face to merely train in their sport of choice.
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