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Magic’s Mo Bamba Builds Two Basketball Courts In Ivory Coast

Developing various community contribution activities such as repairing electricity and plumbing equipment in the village where the court is located

Mo Bamba, the Magic’s sixth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, won his first start last season in his fourth season as a pro, and has appeared in 71 games, scoring a career-high 10.6 points per game. , recording 8.1 rebounds. And now off, he won a two-year, $28 million contract extension. The 24-year-old Bamba is making steady progress, but he’s also becoming a role model off the court.

Born in Harlem, New York, Bamba, who has lived in the United States so far, is energetically working to improve the environment of his roots in West Africa. And she completed a basketball facility in Abishan, Ivory Coast, through her own foundation.

The facility will feature two FIBA-spec basketball courts, which will be available daily to more than 200 local children. The electrical and plumbing facilities throughout the village where the facilities are located have also been completely restored, and construction of the spectator seating and lighting facilities has begun as the next phase of the project. There will also be new programs that Bamba will participate in every week via video conferencing.

“It’s a very personal project and I’m proud that the court reflects everything I want to do,” Bamba told NBA.com. continue. “My African roots, my Harlem environment where I was born and raised, my gratitude to my family for making this project possible – every little detail represents an important part of my life.”

In addition, Bamba has worked with former Côte d’Ivoire ambassador to the United States, Mamadou Haidara, on a variety of community initiatives, including a basketball clinic in the country and an awareness program to encourage young people to be vaccinated against COVID-19. there is

Bamba said he would continue to visit the area during the NBA offseason and continue to interact with the locals. “We didn’t come to Abidjan just to shake hands and take pictures together. Activities can be expanded to other locations.”

With a big contract and new motivation to better report to the children who use the facility, Bamba should be even stronger next season.

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