Basketball For Good

    

The International Basketball Foundation's mission is to use the power of basketball to initiate positive change.

Our main objectives are:

  • Reinforcing the integration of FIBA in initiatives undertaken to promote peace, social cohesion and gender equality
  • Cooperating to improve living conditions for entire populations through basketball
  • Facilitating dialogue and communication between communities, using basketball and its values as a vector
  • Encouraging education, well-being, training and responsibility amongst vulnerable youth, through the practice of basketball
  • Contributing to reaching the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, especially, :

Our strategy relies on using Basketball for Good. The IBF initiates programs which use basketball as a tool to effectively help us reach our above-mentioned objectives.

The programs are implemented in partnership with FIBA Regional Offices, FIBA’s National Federations, local NGOs and partners with the aim of supporting collaboration between local actors and to drive economic growth in the relevant regions.

The IBF was founded in 2008 and started implementing projects in 2016. In only 3 years, we have managed to reach over 14’000 youths in 63 countries.

We have implemented 15 projects divided in 3 different types:

Mini Basketball
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    With this activity the IBF is promoting and stimulating playful grassroots basketball for 5 – 12-year-old of both genders. A Mini Basketball Convention is organized annually in a country of each continent with the respective FIBA Regional Office.

    The Convention is divided into three parts.

    The Jamboree gathers children of the organizing country to play basketball in a fun and exciting environment.

    International delegates of the respective continents and local coaches attend an on-court coaches’ clinic where they witness playful ways of teaching basketball fundamentals to youths.

    The participants also take part in a conference where they are taught ways to continue developing the Mini Basketball movement in their respective countries. Delegates actively engage in an exchange of best practice and to reach better global coordination.

    Since the initial Mini Basketball global expansion in 2018, with events taking place in Portugal, Australia, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Namibia and Switzerland, 5850 children and 960 delegates from 120 National Federations reaped the rewards of the global movement.

  • The IBF 3x3 Basktball For Good Tournaments are a series of Youth Leadership and Basketball development projects. The aim is to assist all federations in ther repsectuce regions to grow and nurture their active baskeball population and attract new players as well as to allow youths to realize their potential to help their communities. We are currently running:

    • Young Lions Cup South in Southern Africa
    • Young Lions Cup West in Western Africa
    • Youth Leaders Basketball Cup in the South East Asian / Pacific regions

    National Federations of each surrounding region are taught how to organize FIBA 3x3 tournaments and given the task to organize a qualifying U18 tournament in their respective countries.

    The winning teams from each tournament qualify for an international final where they also take part in a youth leadership workshop. The workshop’s aim is to equip the young leaders with the tools to use basketball to create a positive impact within their communities.

  • Our Year-long projects are in individual countries and are run in collaboration with the respective National Federation.

    We use basketball to tackle a social issue(s) that affects the community.

    Our current Year-long projects are taking place in:

    • Namibia
    • South Sudan
    • Rwanda
    • Madagascar
    • Papua New Guinea