SERGE IBAKA FOUNDATION NEWS

Global Citizen Festival 2017

As new Global Citizen ambassador and advocate for heath, Serge Ibaka attended the Global Citizen Festival at Central Park in New York. Serge represented the Serge Ibaka Foundation and talked about the projects in Congo and the need to raise awareness on health issues in Congo, Africa and the World. His powerful and heartfelt speech reminded us that everybody can contribute in changing the world. During the week leading to the Festival, Serge met with Global Citizen Founder Hugh Evans and other health advocates, starting a partnership that aims to have a big and lasting impact.

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Face List Awards 2017

During the Pan – African Weekend in NYC, the Face List Awards organized by Face 2 Face Africa were celebrated on July 15th. The organization presented Serge Ibaka and the Serge Ibaka Foundation with the Humanitarian of the Year award and Serge himself received the award. “It’s an honor to be here with you all and to receive this award. I take the work with the Foundation very seriously because I never forget where I come from and I know how difficult it can be to grow up with difficulties in Africa”, Serge said. The award was presented by Sherrie […]

Cowbell Ibaka Games 2017

Connecting with the congolese youth and inspiring them, and celebrating congolese culture using basketball and music. Those are the goals of the Ibaka Games, which were held for the fourth straight year in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo’s capital and Serge Ibaka’s hometown. In partnership with Cowbell Milk, the event hosted boys and girls from three to eighteen years old and public from all ages.

The event consisted of different activities, outdoor and indoor, at the Makélékélé sports center. Outside, the youngest children from different orphanages participated in an initiation basketball clinic with Serge Ibaka. It was him, too, that greeted the directors […]

Back home with Cowbell

For the second straight year Cowbell Milk was our partner in Brazzaville, Serge Ibaka’s hometown and the capital of the Republic of Congo. The partnership is solidified and growing, and the charitable plan put together is having a major impact during the whole year. Working closely with orphanages and youth centers, the partnership provides dairy products on a monthly basis, satisfying a basic need for the children living in these institutions.

In June 2017, the Foundation’s expedition visited three centers (Ecole Speciale, La Bonne Semence, Espace Jarrot)and greeted 4 more (Notre Damme de Nazareth, Coeur Immacule de Marie, St Joseph Gaston […]

Inspired in Kimbondo

The Kimbondo Pediatrics, Orphanage and Hospital in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, has a special place in the Foundation’s heart. The connection that was made in the summer of 2014 with Father Hugo, his staff of nurses and collaborators and, specially the almost a thousand boys and girls that live there, made a lasting impression. This is why for the fourth year the Foundation collaborated with Kimbondo.

Once again, the boys and girls greeted the expedition led by Serge Ibaka with enthusiasm and joy. The kids received gifts and sang, danced and played with the expedition. Father Hugo proved to be once […]

Serge Ibaka elected to the NBPA Foundation Board

The NBPA Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Basketball Players’ Association (NBPA), welcomed Serge Ibaka to its Board of Directors this month. According to the NBPA Foundation, the appointment highlights Ibaka’s personal journey as one that has inspired many players and others while it also speaks directly to the philanthropic role of sports in society.

Sherrie Deans, Executive Director of the NBPA Foundation said, “Serge’s insights and his accomplishments in international charity and philanthropy complement the wide-ranging work being done by our board president, Chris Paul and vice president, LeBron James. With Chris, LeBron and Serge on our board, we […]

Thanksgiving giveaway

New team, new city, new community. But the goal of giving back stays the same. Right before Thanksgiving, we partnered up with the Orlando Magic and Amway to give away 450 turkeys and Thanksgiving meals to Orlando families. Serge Ibaka delivered the turkeys personally and took time to meet with some of the families. “Thanksgiving is about giving back and I felt like we had to do something in my new community. Sometimes a gesture like this can bring a family together or help a family enjoy a holiday so it’s always worth it to give a hand”, said Serge.

 

Partnership with Bàsquet Manresa

The Serge Ibaka Foundation and the Bàsquet Manresa basketball club, through it’s own Foundation, signed an agreement for a partnership that will bring young basketball players to the catalan organization. Through the Serge Ibaka Dreams Academy, the sports arm of the Foundation, the players will have the opportunity to develop on and off the court in Manresa. The destination is not a coincidence: Serge Ibaka himself played for Bàsquet Manresa during the 2008-2009 season, before going to the NBA. Serge doesn’t hesitate when saying that “Manresa is like home for me. It’s an organization that takes care of its players […]

Cowbell Ibaka Games Brazzaville

Playing for the first time at the Makelékélé gymnasium in his hometown of Brazzaville was a dream for Serge Ibaka. Partnering with Cowbell, the first Cowbell Ibaka games took place in the summer of 2016. From early in the morning to late in the afternoon, basketball fans and neighbors of Brazzaville had the chance to participate in different activities and to see Serge play in person for the first time.

In the morning, 300 boys and girls from local orphanages participated in a basketball clinic and in recreational activities in the outdoor area of the gymnasium. Cowbell provided lunch and drinks […]

Visiting orphanages in Brazzaville with Cowbell

During the summer we went back to some of the orphanages we work with in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. At the St Joseph orphanage the kids welcomed Serge Ibaka and the Foundation with joy and music. At the Space Jarrot, we were able to see first hand the improvements in their facilities. The investment by the Foundation at Space Jarrot started in 2012 in a project with Unicef. This summer, the management was happy to show the improvements, including two potable water tanks, a new floor in the whole premises, a new kitchen and a new office.

The visits, organized […]

Oklahoma City Gala 2016

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosted the fourth anual Serge Ibaka Foundation Charity Gala benefiting the Foundation and Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe’s Sewing for Hope Foundation. The Gala gathered 700 hundred people from Oklahoma and other parts of the country and the World, including Sister Rosemary that came all the way from Uganda.

“The first year we had less than 200 people and now 700! To see how we have grown and the support that the Oklahoma community has given us is incredible”, said Serge. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to partner with great people to help many […]

Supporting the OKC Community

Serge Ibaka surprised four Oklahoma City single mothers and their children with a shopping spree at a local Walmart. Serge understands what it’s like growing up in a single parent home and has a big attachment to a community that has embraced him since the year 2009. Serge also blessed the moms with gift cards and acknowledged how difficult it is to raise kids alone.

Serge encouraged the kids to do their best in school and in all activities and to always obey their moms. He also told them to dream big and follow their passions, in accordance with the Foundation’s motto: “Anything […]

The “Son of the Congo” goes back home

In the 2015 documentary “Son of the Congo”, filmed during the summer of 2014, Serge Ibaka encounters a young congolese basketball player named Ricardo. Serge becomes Ricardo’s role model and inspiration, and gives him a powerful piece of advice: “don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make your dreams come true. Anything is possible”. Ricardo took this message to heart, and one year later, in the summer of 2015, the two reunited and shared specials moments in Brazzaville, their shared hometown.

In his most recent trip back home, Oklahoma’s KFOR with Lance West travelled to Brazzaville with Serge and documented […]

Notebook giveaway in Kinshasa

The Serge Ibaka Foundation wanted to contribute to the students start of the 2015-2016 school year in Kinshasa, DRC, and organized a giveaway during two days. The boys and girls from different grades and ages of 10 different schools in the area received 20.000 notebooks. The donation was welcomed with enthusiasm by the students. Erick Kibonge, one of the Foundation’s managers in Kinshasa, noted that “this boys and girls are excited to see that someone cares about their education and show their happiness and gratefulness when they receive help. Activities such as this one help inspire them and realize that education is very important […]

2016 Oklahoma City Dinner Gala

Going back to Kimbondo: a true connection for life

Located in the district of Kimbondo on Mont-Ngafula in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kimbondo Pediatrics, Orphanage and Hospital is home to more than 800 orphans who have received a second chance. Created in 1989, the Pediatric exists to take sick children, abandoned, orphaned, deprived of livelihood, in order to give them medical care and education.
When in the summer of 2014 Serge Ibaka was visiting Kinshasa and was told about the existence of the Kimbondo center, he had no doubt he had to take action. He visited the center with his friends from NBA […]

‘Son of the Congo’ OKC Premiere in Pictures

Creativity World Forum 2015

On March 31st Serge Ibaka was the invited guest to close the Creativity World Forum 2015 held in Oklahoma City. Serge was interviewed by Sir Kir Robinson and shared his story and his motivations with a 1500 people audience that was able to watch the ‘Son of the Congo’ documentary trailer before the interview.

Sir Ken Robinson asked Serge about the reason to do the film and how it translates into the Ibaka Foundation’s goals for the immediate future. “I wanted to do this film to inspire the children of my country and maybe other countries. The dream is free. I […]

‘Son of the Congo’ OKC Premiere

On March 21st, Oklahoma City hosted the ‘Son of the Congo’ Premiere at the city’s Civic Center. More than 1.500 people, including mayor Mick Cornett, Thunder teammates, fans and employees, where in attendance and the film was warmly received.

A large representation of kids from the ‘Surge: teen group’ Program with the OU Children’s Hospital where in attendance, too. The kids walked the red carpet with Serge and where inspired but the 55 minute film.

Pros For Africa Charity Gala 2015

“This is my life,” Serge Ibaka repeated into a microphone. Over and over again this phrase left the Thunder forward’s lips as he leaned over a podium in front of 500 generous Oklahomans on Saturday.

At the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City, Ibaka, in a full tuxedo, stood 7,663 miles away from both his hometown of Brazzaville, Congo, and the people whom he hoped to aid on that night. For the third consecutive year, Ibaka hosted the Pros for Africa Gala, which raises money for his Serge Ibaka Foundation’s efforts in the Congo and for Sister Rosemary’s […]

Surge: teen group at OU Children’s Hospital

After a long day of practice, Ibaka took a needy family on one of the Thunder’s annual Homeland Shopping Sprees in Edmond, then went back downtown to the OU Children’s Hospital. Over the years in Oklahoma City, Ibaka has spent time there with children who are dealing with potentially terminal illnesses through events with the Thunder.

He has also, however, dropped in to check on the kids on his own without alerting anyone outside of his inner circle, the Thunder and the hospital about his visit. Those moments with the children spurred on a desire to create a more concrete, regular […]

The boys and girls of the future

After starting the program three years before, Serge Ibaka visited the two institutions in Brazzaville, Congo, that the Serge Ibaka Foundation supports through Unicef as part of the program “UNICEF Gets Boys and Girls in the Game”, in the summer of 2014. The ASI girls center and the Space Jarrot boys day center prepared special activities for Serge’s visit and welcomed him with joy and pride. For Serge, seeing in person de evolution of the two centers and the progress of the boys and girls is: “a major motivation to keep giving back, helping and caring for these boys and […]

Bringing the gift of hearing to the world

Going back to give back

UNICEF Gets Boys and Girls in the Game