Sport Ambassadors Conduct Youth Camp in Montenegro
Matt Henry, Director of Operations at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and Sead Dizdarevic, from Bijelo Polje, Montenegro, former member of the Georgetown basketball team and currently Program Coordinator for Executive Programs at the Center for Intercultural Education and Development, arrived to Herceg Novi, Montenegro on August 3 to conduct a basketball camp from August 4 through August 8 for boys and girls between the ages of 13 to 16.
Growing up in Montenegro Sead always dreamed of playing in the NBA. Basketball his passion, he considered dropping out of school as a teenager in order to play this sport full time for a Montenegrin club team. However, his parents encouraged him to continue his education, and he was awarded a basketball scholarship to Georgetown University, where he enrolled in 2003, and was privileged to work with Coach John Thompson III on the team that went to the Final Four. He graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and government. He is very happy to be back in Montenegro bringing sports and education to the young people in Montenegro.
Joining Sead and Coach Henry are four former players from the Georgetown basketball team: Ashanti Cook, from California, Darrel Owens, from Louisiana, Amadou Kilkenny-Diaw, who was born in Senegal, and Ramel Ross.
Together they have been training participants during this week in the basics of basketball, as well as talking about the exciting opportunities for education that sports can bring to young people.
Pauletta Walsh, Television/Media Advisor from the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy is currently producing a short film to document this event. The goal is to use this material to show its potential. Hopefully this will become an annual event, and expand beyond basketball.
This event was sponsored by the U.S. State Department and Georgetown University, with support from Opportunity Bank, the Ministry of Culture, Media and Sports of Montenegro and the town of Herceg Novi.