South Africa's basketball community

Township Basketball League launch 2009

By on May 28, 2009 in FanZone

KHAYELITSHA, CAPE TOWN, May 17, 2009 /PressRelease/ — Kahuthando a Khayelitsha based Non Profit organization will host its first community event on May 30th to bring together hundreds of  township youth to learn how to play basketball. This event will mark the opening of the newly created “TBL” or “Township Basketball League”.

In addition to skills coaching, this event will provide experienced Basketball players the opportunity to pass-on their skills via a competitive 3on3 streetball tournament backed by prizes. It will also be a chance for experienced players to pass on their skills to those that haven’t had exposure to Basketball previously.

The event will take place at Thusong Recreational centre between the Khayelitsha mall and court on the 30th of May starting at 10.00am. For those interested in attending the skills clinic or playing in the 3on3 streetball tournament please register prior to the day to secure your place by sending an SMS with the word ‘register’ followed by ‘clinic’ or ‘3:3′ then your name and teams name I you are registering for ‘3:3′. At 12:00 the streetball tournament will commence.

Kahuthando will be collaborating with local Hip-Hop musicians, dancers and artists to provide entertainment during the Township Basketball League event.

Their will be prizes for both Audience and participants, these have been kindly donated by Champion Sportswear. Grassroots development is at the heart of what Champion stands for in sport. Champion is already working quite closely with Basketball South Africa on its programs, national teams and also have partnerships to support local regional leagues across this country. For more information please visit

Quotes from the organizers

“One of our goals with the Township Basketball League and Life Skills program is to inspire Khayelitsha youth into believing in themselves, their abilities and the very real possibility of achieving their dreams without limits” says Dumisani Wambi, Chairman of the Kahuthando Board and local Khayelitsha resident.

“We want the youth to have opportunity and resources to develop both themselves and their sporting talent. The lack of recreational options for youth in Khayelitsha can lead to boredom and involvement in negative activities such as crime and substance abuse, we as a community should be looking for positive alternatives.”

About Kahuthando

Kahuthando is the brainchild of local Khayelitsha resident Dumisani Wambi and Emma Horgan from New Zealand.

Kahuthando exists to educate, inspire, support and empower impoverished youth through fun sports and arts programs. It is a registered non profit organization founded to ”

§   To promote sport and arts as an effective alternative to drugs, addictive substances, gangsterism and crime

§   To use sport and arts programs to guide youth into positive lifestyles and education choices leading to employment or business ownership

§   To grow positives beliefs and attitudes in youth’s ability to change their current circumstances for the better, to assist them to break out of the poverty cycle

How the community can get involved

  • Participating in the event either as a member of a three aside basketball team in the 3:3 tournament or as a learner in the skills clinic. ** register a 3:3 basketball team today by sending an SMS with the word ‘register’ followed by your name and your teams name to 0792560010. *** register (aged 8-35) for the Basketball clinics today by sending an SMS with the word ‘register’ followed by ‘Clinic’ and the name of the person being registered to 0792560010 (limited places available, so book early)
  • Volunteer during the event
  • By Sponsoring a youth basketball team
  • By providing one or more prizes for the day
  • By becoming a long term partner with Kahuthando
  • By becoming a fan of Kahuthando facebook page and forwarding it onto as many as possible
  • By starting other sports code programs with us

For more information on this event, contact Emma Horgan on 0792560010 or email

Thank you for your help in spreading the word to those in need and those who can help!

Information supplied by Emma Horgan

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