Every afternoon around 4-5 p.m. local time, youth arrived to the Velingara recreation park across the street from the Hotel Najla.  Basketball, soccer, and running were the sports that they were playing.  It wasn’t simply pick-up games.  No!  This was organized sporting teams/practices, complete with drills and coaches and referees!

Each morning, I looked forward to watching the games every day during the week we spent at the hotel.  Comforting.  Smiles on my face.

Not once did I see any fights break out.  In fact, it seemed that everyone was having fun.  There was lots of laughter and joking going on 🙂

And … It was great to see girls playing basketball!  Woo hoo!

Velingara, Senegal

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busted!

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Velingara, Senegal

Velingara, Senegal

Velingara, Senegal

Velingara, Senegal

 

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