“Sarah Chan: Breaking Barriers to Become the First Woman to Manage African Scouting for an NBA Team”

1: sarah chan is the first woman to manage african scouting for a team in the nba. she experienced war, racism and gender-based violence in her career and was awarded a four-year undergraduate basketball scholarship at union university in the us. she established the nyang chan women’s basketball academy in juba and set up the home at home/apediet foundation to fight child marriage and promote education and sport.

2: chan was inspired to create the charity after meeting a young girl who had been raped. she has been travelling around the continent to identify potential emerging talent in basketball since 2012 and hopes to create a women basketball african league. she competed professionally in europe and across africa and was determined to do something to help after visiting her homeland in 2012.

3: chan was spat in the face for the colour of her skin and respectfully declined a coach’s offer to join a basketball team in algiers. her parents instilled in her the value of self-worth and the importance of education, and she believes sports can be a weapon of liberation for girls and women in africa. she is featured in the bbc 100 women list of inspiring and influential women this year.


By Evey Lovelace

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