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Microsoft co-founder and Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen has announced he is expanding his efforts to help fight the Ebola outbreak in Africa with a $9 million donation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Allen's donation Thursday to the CDC Foundation will be used to build and equip emergency operations centers and train staff in the three most affected countries. In August, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced a $2.8 million gift to the American Red Cross to provide equipment, train workers and produce education materials in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. His foundation also set up a $100,000 matching grant program through GlobalGiving to encourage others to help stop the virus. Oregonian

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Curry spent 2½ days in a refugee camp in northwest Tanzania, home to 66,000 Congolese refugees. It was Curry's first time in Africa. "It's really, really heartbreaking. It's tough to see but I'm really glad I went and could bring that story home," he said. "I wanted to see the faces of the people we were helping and hear their stories. and it drove home the point of why I've been involved for so long. So many people need those nets." USA Today Sports

August 30, 2013 Updates

Pay-television sports broadcaster SuperSport, says it has agreed a multi-year television and digital rights partnership with US basketball league the NBA. The deal is historic as it is the first time NBA action will be available on SuperSport. The broadcast giants will offer content, live games and other programming across 47 territories in sub-Saharan Africa. Expressing delight at what is arguably the company’s most lucrative partnerships, Brandon Foot, SuperSport’s Head of Acquisitions and Legal said: “This is unquestionably one of the jewels in our crown. Some of the greatest names in sport have played in the NBA, so it is only fitting that they come to the ‘World of Champions’ where the best sport is broadcast. “Basketball has gained a strong foothold in Africa, so we are delighted to acquire rights to one of the biggest and best-run leagues in world sport. We will now proudly broadcast the most NBA action on the continent.” Ventures Africa

May 10, 2013 Updates

Microsoft founder and American billionaire Paul Allen will appear in a Botswana court in October for allegedly attempting to smuggle giraffe bones to the US. According to the King County Superior Court, a safari guide was arrested and detained in Maun, Botswanaメs tourism capital, by customs officials after the Microsoft co-founder and current Seahawks owner (Allen) and his sister Jody, tried to sneak home the bones while on safari in Botswana. Court papers charge that a review of the trip to Botswana by the Allens had revealed a pattern of illegality. モThe acts I have witnessed and had to engage in to perform my job to the expectations of my principals leave me with no choice other than to constructively terminate my employment,ヤ reads a statement by one of Allenメs bodyguards. Africa Review

March 22, 2013 Updates

R.C. Buford still wants Wangmene to reach his potential. He's his father here, and his advocate everywhere. "With his mom passing, there's been a lot of guilt that Lex feels over that — almost that [question of], 'Did she die of a broken heart?'" Buford said. "I don't think that's the case, but it's definitely something that weighs on him." Wangmene plays only a handful of minutes most nights. He never got off the bench against Canton. His dreams of playing in the NBA are dimming. But Buford brushed aside the question of nepotism. "He had a good college career," he said. "The Development League is made up of hundreds of people with parallel college careers to Lex." Grantland

But he's got other priorities now. Wangmene established Leading Through Reading, a burgeoning nonprofit aimed at building libraries in Cameroon and other countries. The African way, Wangmene says, is to be patient, unlike the NBA in waiting for that African pipeline to develop organically. He wants to be at the forefront now, establishing learning centers in Maroua and other cities to teach languages, nutrition, and education. Grantland

November 14, 2012 Updates

"I would say that China, which is the largest segment outside the U.S., is doing very well. I would say we'll see that to some degree as well in Turkey, in Africa, in Brazil," Stern said. "The components are broadcast, digital, merchandise, marketing partnerships and events, which can be games and the 3-on-3 tournaments and clinics, any variety of events that draw people." MSNBC.com

September 3, 2011 Updates

As midnight chimed, gunfire rang out through the night air, accompanying the chorus of horns from every car. Young men clambered onto their roofs as they passed by, singing songs and chanting in unison, wildly sharing a moment that many never felt would arrive in their lifetime. Luol Deng would not have been anywhere else as the party began. History was being made, and shaped, on July 9 as the world's newest country celebrated its independence. The Republic of South Sudan was born after an almost 30-year labor, one accompanied by a brutal civil war that saw 2 million people lose their lives and twice that number disappear into exile. "It was something that I've been waiting for my whole life," admitted the Chicago Bulls forward. "A lot of lives have been lost, and they've finally got what they fought for. It was very emotional." ESPN.com

Patrick Ewing can't believe how much South Africa has changed in the 17 years since he last visited the country. On Friday afternoon, the Orlando Magic assistant coach sat in the back of a bus with Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo as they traveled from the township of Orange Farm into Johannesburg. As Ewing glanced out a window, he described what he was seeing. "The last time we were here, apartheid had just ended," Ewing said by cell phone. "There's been so many new structures put up. The country's definitely grown. . . . Especially in the big cities, there's big buildings and the hustle-and-bustle of people. There's traffic, cars, markets and shops." Orlando Sentinel

August 27, 2011 Updates

Sitting near Amadou was our other host, Denver Nuggets general manager and Nigerian native Masai Ujiri. Having arrived a day before us, Masai seemed to have recovered from his jet lag and looked like a kid in a candy store. I've gotten to know Masai since he took the GM job in Denver a year ago, but at games I'm used to seeing him standing in the Pepsi Center, arms folded with a serious look on his face ... as if every Nuggets possession represents a carefully thought out chess move for him. Here in Tana, I'm seeing a different side of Masai. Elated from watching his countrymen defeat the Central African Republic earlier in the day, Masai is all smiles and enthusiastically explains to Marc and I everything we need to know about African basketball: the players (virtually all of whom played or play in the NCAA and professionally in Africa), the coaches, the federations, the history and so on. There are no better ambassadors to Africa for the NBA -- and the overall sport of basketball in Africa for that matter -- than Amadou and Masai, both of whom are tall in stature but have hearts bigger than their physical frames. Both were damn good players in their youth -- Amadou played for Senegal, Masai for Nigeria -- but neither were good enough to make it to the NBA. Like most African players, Amadou and Masai may have had the physical gifts to someday become NBA players, but they started playing the game too late. SB Nation

To foster an interest in basketball early in kids' lives and get Africa's best young players the coaching they desperately need, Amadou and Masai run camps all over the continent, culminating with their signature Basketball Without Borders camp, taking place this Thursday in Johannesburg. The eighth time BWB has been hosted in Johannesburg, next week's camp will feature 60 campers between 18-24 years old meeting NBA legends like Mutombo, Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning while getting coached by current NBA coaches and executives. Seeing the African teams up close in the FIBA Afrobasket quarterfinals, I share Amadou and Masai's vision for getting more African players onto the world's grandest basketball stage. The raw talent is here and I saw some splendid basketball. SB Nation

August 24, 2011 Updates

Suns.com: How many times have you been to Africa with Basketball without Borders? Suns GM Lance Blanks: I’m not sure how many times, actually. I have to take a look back because there have been so many. I’ve been to Africa about a dozen times. I’ve been to Senegal, Egypt and some other countries. Suns.com: Have you been looking forward to this upcoming trip for some time? Blanks: Yes. Love it. I enjoy going over there. It’s always a very exciting time of the year for me to just go over there and experience it. There’s a lot of goodwill that the NBA offers. And also there’s a basketball piece to it because of the kids you get to observe. You also get to work with other teams’ scouts and personnel, as well as people from the league. So it’s a good trip. NBA.com

August 22, 2011 Updates

Several NBA stars have accomplished much in the philanthropic realm, but very few have set out to accomplish the mission and vision of the Orlando Magic’s power center Dwight Howard. On August 15-22, 2011, the worldwide mission of the D12 Foundation was furthered when Dwight and foundation executives traveled to the United Republic of Tanzania. His travels in Tanzania were to continue his tireless efforts to promote education as a vehicle for economic and social development success among young boys and girls around the world, particularly for the poorest nations around the globe. SLAM

During his week-long stay, Dwight visited the Kipok Secondary School in the Monduli region and the Lunguya Secondary School in Shinyanga to donate more than $80K for their educational efforts. Dwight’s donation will assist in building a dormitory on the grounds of each school so that the young girls are able to live on the school’s campus. By living on campus, it will ensure that the students have three meals a day and will help to keep the young girls safe from any danger, including potentially being raped, as they will no longer have to walk more than three kilometers to school. Other needs in this region include additional schools, classrooms, teachers and computer labs. The Secondary Schools also in need of 84 dormitories, of which only 20 are available at this time, leaving a shortage of 64. The presence of dormitories increases retention of the young girls and boys and as a result increases completion rates and improves academic performance. SLAM

The next day, I told Post I had decided to go. I asked what I needed to do to get ready. They were very happy about me going and told I had to get vaccination shots from the doctor, make sure my passport was up to date, and acquire a visa. I had never been to Africa and honestly it was terrifying to say the least, and it was all happening very fast. I had no idea who I was going with, only that there were about 10 doctors and nurses going, and I wouldn't be meeting any of them until I flew into London. While getting my vaccinations the doctor informed me that the shots I was taking would take more than 10 days before the antibodies would be active -- so, in other words, they wouldn't do me any good until I came back. On top of that I didn't even know where we were going; our airline tickets only got us to Nairobi. NBA.com

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