The goal of the basketball camp was to teach the Kenyans the game of basketball while impacting their lives for Christ. More than 200 people participated in the basketball camp.
Mark focused on mentoring the assistant basketball coach by teaching him strength and conditioning techniques for athletes such as plyometric and agility skills.
“The amazing thing is how respectful they were and attentive to want to learn and get better,” says Mark reflecting on his trip.
He was also impressed with the campers’ eagerness although many didn’t have proper footwear. ”We were blessed we were able to give all of the participants new training shoes at the end of camp,” says Mark. “Some we had to give at the beginning of the camp because they had no shoes or were wearing flip-flops or shoes with holes in them. It didn't matter to them. They were there to learn and to just work hard. It truly blessed us all to see how loving the Kenyan people are.”
His trip was also a reminder of the things that are taken for granted at home such as clean water and stable housing as many of the people who attended the camp lived in the slums.
“We believe this was the birth of a future relationship,” says Mark. “More will be done on our next trip. No matter where we live in the world, there are needs. It reinforces to just be thankful for what you have and pray on how you can make a difference in the lives around you. It all starts where you and I are.”
Mark was part of a team of 18 people which included Tim Sceviour, a Fitness 24-7 member, Ronnie McAdoo, Director of Urban Discover Ministries, as well as Janet McAdoo, Kelsey McAdoo and James-Michael McAdoo, a two-time NBA Golden State Warriors champion. James-Michael and his wife, Lauren, are frequent visitors of Fitness 24-7 when they are in town.