21 December 2023
Basketball has always been a sport that goes beyond the court. It has been an agent of change, breaking racial barriers and promoting sustainable development around the world. As a basketball coach, I have witnessed firsthand how this sport has the power to unite individuals of different races, backgrounds, and walks of life.
Growing up, I was always fascinated by the game of basketball. However, as a young girl from a conservative community, I was often told that it was not a suitable sport for girls. But I refused to let these stereotypes stop me from pursuing my passion.
Through the BAL4HER x African LeadHERs mentorship program, I had the opportunity to meet amazing female leaders from different parts of the world and learn from their experiences. It was inspiring to see the passion and dedication of these women in their respective fields and how they are using their platforms to empower other women. Moreover, through this program, I was able to connect with other young women who are also striving for greatness and breaking barriers in their own communities.
My mentor, Allison FEASTER, a respected female leader in the basketball industry, played a crucial role in shaping me not just as a better coach but as a better person. She showed me that there are no limits to what I can achieve if I believe in myself and work hard towards my goals. She empowered me to challenge gender stereotypes and be a role model for young girls who aspire to pursue their dreams.
As a result of her mentorship, I am more confident, resilient, and driven to succeed. My mentor has been a constant source of inspiration and motivation, and I am grateful for her guidance and support.
I also had the opportunity to travel to the United States for the first time as a young coach, and it was a dream come true. As part of this trip, I had the privilege to visit the Boston Celtics and attend their practice and also their game. It was a huge achievement for me, and I was filled with excitement and admiration as I watched the players in action.
But what made the experience even more memorable was seeing how a successful basketball organization like the Boston Celtics uses their platform to make a difference in the community. From their initiatives for sustainable development to their outreach programs for underprivileged youth, the Celtics are not just a basketball team but a source of hope and inspiration for many.
In conclusion, basketball has not only shaped me into a successful person, but it has also opened doors for me to learn, grow, and make a positive impact. Through my participation in the BAL4HER x African LeadHERs mentorship program, I have gained valuable experiences and perspectives that will stay with me for a lifetime. I am proud to be a part of a sport that goes beyond the court and has the power to make a positive change in the world.
« Through my participation in the BAL4HER x African LeadHERs mentorship program, I have gained valuable experiences and perspectives that will stay with me for a lifetime. I am proud to be a part of a sport that goes beyond the court and has the power to make a positive change in the world. »Fatuma Mukamugema