The African Basketball League (BALL) announced today that Hichem Benayad-Cherif, a striker from the Algerian Petroleum Sport Group (SPG), received the first BALL Ubuntu Award for his continued efforts to use basketball to positively impact the lives of Algerian youth.
Benayad-Cherif founded Elite Student Athlete Academy (ESA Academy) (www.esa-academy.com) in his native Algeria, where he has organized eight basketball development camps and educational programs for more than 800 student athletes since 2018, including several virtual sessions during the pandemic. Additionally, he served as an academic advisor for many participants, emphasizing the importance of education in the player development journey.
In recognition of Benayad-Cherif’s efforts, the BALL will donate $ 5,000 to a charity of its choice – Association El Amel Sportif Équestre (https://bit.ly/3BgrWWO) in Algiers, Algeria, which welcomes children with physical and intellectual disabilities through equitherapy, pet therapy, cryotherapy and other activities.
“I am passionate about working with young people in my home country and using basketball to create positive social change,” said Benayad-Cherif. “Education and sport go hand in hand, and I want to inspire young people to make an effort not only in sport, but also in the classroom. I am grateful for the impact basketball has had on my life and look forward to continuing to encourage, mentor and empower young boys and girls to strive to be better athletes and leaders.
“The BALL The Ubuntu Award recognizes outstanding leadership and consistent acts of selfless and benevolent service to others, and I can’t think of anyone who deserves this recognition more in our inaugural year than Hichem Benayad-Cherif, ”said BALL President Amadou Gallo Fall. “Hichem has been a great ambassador for sport, and his efforts are a testament to the transformative power of sport. The spirit of ubuntu is at the heart of what we do as BALL, and I hope this award inspires everyone connected to our league to stay engaged and leave a lasting legacy in the communities around them.
The BALL The Ubuntu Prize, which will be awarded annually, recognizes a player who has participated in the BALL and who best represents the league through their efforts in the community. “Ubuntu” derives from the Nguni and Bantu languages and symbolizes essential human virtues, such as compassion, respect and humanity.
Benayad-Cherif represented Algeria SPG at the inauguration BALL season, which took place at the Kigali Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, from May 16 to 30. He recorded 15 points and six rebounds in SPGthe three matches of the Association Sportives des Douanes (Senegal), Ferroviàrio de Maputo (Mozambique) and 2021 BALL Champion Zamalek (Egypt). He has been a member of the Algerian Men’s National Team since 2014 and prior to that he played basketball at Armstrong Atlantic State University and Purdue University in Fort Wayne in the United States, where he received numerous awards. award for academic achievement.
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