Millions of boys and girls enjoy the fun of playing basketball in over 200 countries of the world. Playing basketball fosters the development of peer relationships, self-esteem, leadership qualities, and physical health. The main goal of the program is to provide opportunities for children of all abilities to enjoy quality basketball experiences in a friendly, caring environment and for them to become more problem-solvers , team-players and healthy individuals. While teaching basketball, COAF utilizes a participation framework, which ensures equality of opportunity for all to play and the concept of ‘Fair Play’, promoting a healthy sporting lifestyle, instilling values such as respect, discipline, courage, honesty, modesty as well as developing skills such as strength, flexibility, speed, coordination, endurance & perseverance, teamwork.
COAF Basketball program is a 2-year after-school program designed for 3-5 graders. The instructors create a supportive and fun environment for learning the roots of basketball, and fostering a lifetime involvement in sports. This is sequentially developed in accordance with children’s age and their mental and physical characteristics and development. The program consists of a mixture of warm up exercises, skill development training & games and teaches students the importance of health and nutrition whilst also instilling values and personal qualities. Through inter-village championships and master classes students learn to practice and master what they’ve learned.
COAF has implemented the basketball program since 2012 and since then, 210 students from 8 villages have learned the game l and tend to have healthier lifestyles and participation in sports, as well as having an increase in school performance.