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IAMGOLD and Giants of Africa Open New Basketball Court in Senegal

Oct 27, 2022

It’s a dream that finally comes true for many! The new Giants of Africa basketball court in Kedougou, Senegal — sponsored by IAMGOLD — was inaugurated earlier this October and is now ready to see some action!  


The construction of this court is part of IAMGOLD’s four-year partnership with Giants of Africa. Signed in 2021, the program includes the construction of basketball courts in IAMGOLD’s host countries of Burkina Faso, Senegal and Mali as well as the organization of a variety of multi-day basketball and life-skills camps. The partnership aims to encourage the development of youth through the power of basketball.  



“We are very proud to see this new basketball court come true!” said Maty N’Dome, Corporate Affairs superintendent, West Africa, IAMGOLD. “Building basketball courts creates long-term opportunities for youth that complement the camps which we also offer through our partnership with Giants of Africa. The basketball court in Kedougou will bring so much to the community; it will cement it into something stronger. 


About Giants of Africa 


Established in 2003 by NBA Champion and Toronto Raptors Vice-Chairman and President, Masai Ujiri, Giants of Africa has been partnering with companies such as IAMGOLD since that time. To date, over 5,000 youth have participated in basketball camps and 20 basketball courts have been built across the continent. Giants of Africa aims to build a total of 100 basketball courts throughout the continent four of them are built in partnership with IAMGOLDtwo in Burkina Faso, one in Senegal and one in Mali, if the situation allows. Of the four planned, two have already been completed: the one in Kedougou (Senegal), featured in this article, and one in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), which was inaugurated back in 2021.  


“We believe that a basketball court is more than just a court. It can uplift a community, unite youth and provide career opportunities for many,” said Oumar Toguyeni, Senior Vice President, International Affairs & Sustainability, IAMGOLD. “Basketball is so much more than just a game: it fosters resilience, focus and accountability – life lessons that extend far beyond the court. This is the kind of impact that has inspired IAMGOLD to partner with Giants of Africa.” 


This partnership is an integral part of IAMGOLD’s comprehensive community development program, which aims to contribute tangible benefits to our host communities by fostering economic growth, improving access to health and education, and investing in sport and cultural projects. IAMGOLD’s investment with Giants of Africa totals $1 million over four years. The budget for the basketball court in Senegal was $125K. 


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