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Uhuru Basketball Program brings home 3 trophies, prepares for African Liberation Day!

Apr 28, 2007

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL — The Uhuru Youth Basketball Program brought home three championship trophies after a rigorous March Madness tournament on the weekend of March 17 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The program is a project of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF), a non-profit organization whose mission is to address the disparities in education, health, healthcare and economic development in the African community.

The program’s 10 and under, 12 and under and 14 and under teams won one first place and two second place trophies in their respective divisions. As a project of APEDF, the Uhuru Basketball Program teaches the African children more than basketball, but also their responsibility to lead in their community.

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The program is now preparing to send 15 children along with parents and coaches to Washington D.C. to participate in the historic African Liberation Day celebration scheduled for May 26. The Uhuru Youth Basketball Program is a free program for the children and thus depends on support from the African community and it’s allies. The program is calling for donations to send the children to Washington D.C. for African Liberation Day.

Those interested in donating to the program can send checks payable to APEDF/Basketball and send them to 1245 18th Avenue South #4, St. Petersburg, Florida 33705. All donations made to the program are tax deductible.

The African People’s Education and Defense Fund can be found online at


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