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Jallow 's SAC nationally recognized - Sep 8, 2010

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Pierre Jallow, a renowned Gambian basketball player and founder of the Scholar Athletes for Change (SAC) Tuesday called on the vice president and minister of Women's Affairs, Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy at her office at State House in Banjul.

The prolific basketball sensation was accompanied to State House by some officials of SAC, the minister of Youth and Sports, Sheriff Gomez and senior officials of the National Sports Council (NSC). Established two years ago, SAC is a non-profit organisation that helps and promotes education through sports and has a board of directors both in The Gambia and Finland.

Speaking to reporters shortly after meeting the vice president, Pierre Jallow disclosed that they organised a basketball camp last year, saying they were fortunate enough to meet the vice president and discuss with her some strategic plans on the different projects that they have embarked on. 'This year, we were fortunate as well, since we have just completed our four-day basketball camp and added a PE teachers and coaching training seminar. So we are here to brief her on what we have been able to accomplish so far,' he said, while emphasising that the vice president's reaction to their visit was very positive.

He further explained that VP Njie-Saidy first reiterated the importance of youths and for them (SAC) being able to bring out projects that are not only basketball skills but also life skills. Commenting on the recently concluded basketball tourney for youths, Jallow said that the rationale behind the initiative was to expose the youths to basketball skills as well as equip them with the necessary fundamentals in the game. 'Yes, basketball is important but not as important as education and you have to be able to balance both of them, because a sound mind needs a sound body. We look for the holistic development of the individual and as Gambians, we are very blessed with talents,' he posited.

He hinted that they intend to embark on similar initiatives each year, to be able to teach the youths proper skills, and that they want to built partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and other ministries, as well as stakeholders. He emphasised that the participation of the private sector in their project is important for their growth and development. 'We hope that all parties concerned will be able to bring our heads together to help the young people as youths are the future leaders of any county,' he concluded.

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