NBPA Foundation Launches ‘More Than A Game’

NEW YORK AND JOHANNESBURG (August 1st, 2018)The National Basketball Players Association [“NBPA”] Foundation in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of More Than a Game -- a youth leadership program that will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from July 31st through August 5th, 2018. The program will take four students from the VOYCE Project, a youth organizing alliance for education and racial justice led by students of color, based in Chicago to Johannesburg, South Africa, where they will be joined by four students from Tshimong, a public-speaking and leadership organization based in Johannesburg. Together, the eight participants of the program will have the unique opportunity to explore the intersection between basketball and social activism in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.

Participants will attend the third NBA Africa Game on August 4th and will have the chance to interact with current and former NBA players through community service events and NBPA programming. In addition to basketball, the program will also focus on social justice and leadership development.  Students will visit various historic sites and museums around Johannesburg, all rooted around the work and legacy of Nelson Mandela as an activist, philanthropist and civic leader.
The participants of the ‘More Than a Game’ program are:



  • Damayanti Wallace

  • Maya Camille Braber

  • Joshua Barker

  • Daniel (DJ) Davenport



  • Madzanga Ramabulana (Limpopo)

  • Naledi Sinandile (Western Cape)

  • Sipho Thanjekwayo (Gauteng)

  • Siyabonga Mtshali (KZN)

Nelson Mandela understood the role that sports could play in building a just and fair society. We are excited to join with these students in celebrating his life and his legacy.
— Sherrie Deans, NBPA Foundation Executive Director

Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, “We are thrilled to be involved in this initiative which affirms our position as trusted conveners of dialogue focusing on key issues that impact on societal justice, shared values, and the collective prosperity of all South Africans through the sport of basketball. This is the second year we work with the NBA and we are truly grateful for this partnership and look forward to it growing from strength to strength”

Nelson Mandela believed in the power of young people and said, “Young people are capable, when aroused, of bringing down the towers of oppression and raising the banners of freedom.”

More Than a Game’ is exactly that – it is a conduit for dialogue and a significant tool for change. The NBPA Foundation together with the Nelson Mandela Foundation look forward to this exchange of ideas with youths from the two countries as a small step towards a better tomorrow.

About Nelson Mandela Foundation
The Nelson Mandela Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on dialogue and advocacy, and memory and legacy work, founded by Nelson Mandela in 1999. They are the custodian of his life and times; are a committed facilitator of his living legacy; and are mandated to promote Nelson Mandela’s  lifelong vision of freedom and equality for all.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation focuses its work on promoting dialogue as a vital instrument for addressing critical social issues and the most effective vehicle for sharing and growing memory, and for engaging it in the promotion of justice and social cohesion. This work is an attempt to find sustainable solutions to these critical social issues. The Foundation also works to ensure the people of the world have access to an integrated, dynamic and trusted resource on Nelson Mandela's legacy.

Their vision, like that of its’ founder Nelson Mandela and the movement he spearheaded, is to contribute to the making of a just society that remembers its past, listens to all voices, and pursues social justice for all.
About Tshimong
Tshimong is a distinctive social enterprise striving to get the voices of young people heard, to contribute in shaping the policies that affect their daily lives and future, and to create change in their communities. Tshimong partners with individuals and organizations who want to invest in strengthening, multiplying and amplifying the voices of young people; and we channel their investment in three areas of specialization: debating, dialogue and leadership development. 
About #GoodKidsMadCity
#GoodKidsMadCity is a student movement born out of the Neighborhoods of Chicago, Baltimore, and D.C.,  in the aftermath of the Parkland tragedy. As a collaborative effort, the movement is a call for an end to gun violence through a comprehensive program that addresses youth unemployment, mental health services, and improved school resources. Good Kids Mad City is a campaign powered by the VOYCE Project in Chicago.