VIC BASKETBALL CLUB is youths talent vineyard developed to improve youths talent specifically in Basketball and mentor them to consider sports not only as a hobby but as a career one can pursue.
Vic basketball club is a place where youth’s talent is discovered and natured. Apart from Basketball we also mentor in other indoor games like chess, scrabbles, table tennis etc. We have seen diverse talents and our basketball team has been mapped in the county of Murang’a in the field of sports winning almost all games we play against the giants around. One may say we have not achieved much and I do agree but considering we are a self-sponsored team and we always have the needs of the team met with our savings that we collect through our secretary. Basketball and other sports like Rugby, volleyball, hokey, scatting to name almost all games are not supported in any way by the County Government of Murang’a. The town is the headquarters of Murang’a County but yet does not have the facilities that many jobless youths can use to do something they are able to. I assume in their perspective they don’t consider Sports as a way of developing the County as a whole, because if they did they would have already done a lot to see this problem solved.
In the little knowledge and experience I have had in this beautiful County, most youths study all the way to their forth form only to become Boda to boda riders or as we commonly refer to them as ‘NDUTHI’. Reason being they had not passed well enough in their KCSE, financial challenges, bad career choices that leave them frustrated in what they are currently pursuing, bad company, drugs, immoral activities and many other life degrading endeavors that leave them nothing in the society at the end of the day. The probability of this youths not being Jack of all trades to me is 101 percentile, meaning there must be that one thing they are pretty good at, wither writing, poetry, singing, dancing, storytelling, sports. If it were to be discovered and natured can make the next Mariga, Rudisha, Lupita only but to name a few of the icons who started with the minimal resource available but was later supported like Rudisha being backed up with the facilities available @ Narok stadium.
I strongly believe we can have a better people tomorrow by supporting their interest at heart today. Turning every youth in the county a step at a time.
It is actually amazing to see a talent grow from scratch to something that is actually a threat to the trainer. In Vic basketball club we have this experience not once or twice but uncountable number of times. Since inception we have been able to put the name of the Club on the map of Murang’a County by winning almost every friendly game we have had. One may ask if that is the best we have achieved?, well, yes we are a young club and self sponsored Considering the numerous challenges we face day by day here in Murang’a County where the governance does not support talent in any way. We train at least 30 youths above 18 years in murram basketball court from my own perspective the governance does not ‘consider talent as a way of removing youths from drugs, theft, and the biggest enemy idling, as the Holy book states it ‘an idle mind…’, you get the point. They literally sit all day in their jobless corners thinking of nothing else but something bad they can do, all because they’ve been made to think they are no good. Not to forget that a private study by ‘Me’ just bragging!, has shown that in Murang’a County most youths study all the way to their forth form but end up Boda to Boda riders, as we commonly know it ‘Nduthi’.
We are dedicated not to change every youth in the County but one youth at a time, realize their talent and use that to reach and remote them from their dormant life.
Former Maseno School Student Tom Bush Wamukota is fast breaking through the ranks as a promising basketball star in the United States of America.Wamukota is son to former Kenyan Volleyball International Dan Wanyama who is now Member of Parliament for Webuye West and Nancy Siboe who also played for the women national Volleyball team.
Born in Bungoma in 1993, the 7-foot Wamukota joined Wichita State University team late in 2014 from Kilgore (Texas) College and continues to impress coaches with his performance and growth. His former coach at Kilgore Brian Hoberecht says, “He’s (Wamukota) got a nice jump-hook to both the left and right shoulder. He knows how to establish position. He’s got good hands, soft touch. The skill will catch up with the speed of the game. He is still thinking sometimes offensively.” On Sunday Wamukota’s team –The Shockers – beat second seeded Kansas 78-65 in the NCAA championships to win bragging rights and also advance to the Sweet 16. His team will next take on third seeded Notre Dame in the sweet 16 on Thursday evening. Wamukota arrived in USA in 2012 and played at NAIA Wiley (Texas) College in 2013/14 season where he was reported to have posted an average 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 21 games. In an interview with the Wichita State team, Wamukota narrated how he started playing basketball at his home backyard with a paper ball. He says he first made a basketball rim out of a bicycle rim and nailed it to a palm tree in his front yard in Bungoma and this seemed to have been the starting point for his bright basketball career. He is currently studying International Business and playing in the NCAA .
The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) women’s basketball team maintained their unbeaten run in the Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League by registering two consecutive victories in Nairobi this past weekend. KPA, who have been unbeaten in six outings, started their campaign by demolishing Masaku Sparks 76-41 at Upper Hill School on Saturday. On Sunday, KPA who last won the league title two years ago, beat winless Kenyatta University Oryx 76-31 after leading 35-11 at the break. Two wins in a row saw KPA dislodge Equity Bank from the top of the 10-team championship with 12 points. League leaders Equity Bank who had no engagement at the weekend dropped to second with nine points. On Sunday, Felmas Adhiambo who has stood out since signing for KPA this year, teamed up with veteran Natalie Akinyi to dominate Oryx.
Brenda Wangui and Berine Okoth were instrumental as Oryx held out against the former champions. KPA led 13-7 in the first quarter. Playing their fourth fixture without a win, Oryx coach Gitau Waringo watched as KPA’s Hellen Oketch and Caroline Mureji scored three-pointers for a 22-4 second quarter lead and 35-11 advantage at half-time lead. KPA coach Sammy Kiki disclosed the secret to his team’s victory: “Training together with five of my players based in Nairobi helped us keep our unbeaten record in six outings,” he said. Oryx coach Waringo said: “The students are on holiday and this has affected our preparations before matches”. Against Masaku Sparks, KPA were restricted to a 15-14 first quarter run but got back on track to comfortably win 76-41. Masaku Sparks later recovered to rock Storms 65-55 after going down 14-13 in the first quarter. Linet Atieno lifted Masaku with 10 points in the second quarter on their way to victory.
A 22 year old youth from Ngiore village in the semi-arid Mbeere South sub-county in Embu County has scored a major first, after being enlisted to join the prestigious top NBA outfit Philadelphia 76ers academy. Joseph Njeru, who five years ago had no idea what basketball was, will travel to the United States on Friday on a six year scholarship which could see his fortunes change. The Kenya Ports Authority dependable player impressed the ‘Sixers’ scouts last year during a special clinic organized by the top NBA club. His journey to fame started in 2010 when he joined Form One at Wachoro Boys’ Secondary School, when the then principal, Patrick Njagi noticed his incredible height. Now towering at 6 feet and seven inches, generally considered as the average height of an NBA player, the head teacher knew Joseph would make an instant impact in the game. He ordered the boy to report to the basketball court for training that very first day. But Joseph was not interested, opting to play volleyball which he said was the game played in his village. “He told me that he had never heard of or seen a basketball, court. I had to persuade him to give it a try,” said Njagi, now the Embu County Sports director. He offered him a pair of shoes and ensured he reported to the court for daily training. The gamble soon paid off and Joseph helped his team to reach to the Eastern province preliminaries, challenging other more established teams like Kangaru School.
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Not long after, his exploits attracted the attention of the sporting giants and was soon snatched by Kangaru the following year. In 2012, Joseph was the centre of interest, and was again poached by Shimba Hills, a basketball talent centre of excellence. The following year, Joseph was on the move again, this time joining Upper Hill School, another Unicef sponsored centre of excellence, helping them win the national basketball title, with the foreman being named the Most Valuable Player. On Thursday, Joseph said though he was excited at winning the scholarship, he remained humble, eager to pursue his dreams. The last born in a family of seven says his dream has always been to play in the NBA. His favorite NBA team is the San Antonio Spurs while his role model is forward Tim Dancun. “I hope I will one day play for the team. I know I can make it if I have reached this far, yet six years ago, I didn’t know what basketball is,” he said. He says his dream at the Philadelphia 76ers, where he has been sponsored for a six-year Engineering Course is to excel in sports, to become a good ambassador for the Kenyan youth. Njagi says the county is motivating teachers to expose students to various sporting activities to help nurture their talents.
Already, the Embu county government has constructed a fully equipped talent centre and has a football team which is already competing in the provincial league.