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SERGE IBAKA FOUNDATION NEWS

Programme de Soutien Covid 19 au Congo

La Fondation Serge Ibaka démarre un programme de lutte contre le Covid 19 au Brazzaville en République du Congo. Ce programme vise à lutter contre les problèmes relatifs à l’accès aux denrées alimentaires, conséquences de cette pandémie qui touche le tissu économique du pays. La fondation, avec l’aide de la Fondation Burotop Iris, va organiser la distribution de 80 tonnes de nourriture, susceptible d’aider 8000 familles au Brazzaville. Ces lots contiennent du riz, du sucre, du lait, de l’huile, des pâtes, de la nourriture en conserve et d’autres produits. La première phase de la distribution débutera dans le quartier de [...]

May 9th, 2020|Other|

Covid 19 Congo Relief Program

The Serge Ibaka Foundation is starting a Covid 19 relief program in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. The program is focused on lightening up the food insecurity issues caused by the pandemic's economic impact in Congo. The Foundation, with the help of the Fondation Burotop, has sourced and organized 80 tons of food products to be distributed to 8.000 families in Brazzaville. The packages contain rice, sugar, milk, oil, pasta, canned food, and other products. The first distribution phase will take place in the Ouenzé Neighbourhood before moving to other areas of the city. "The impact that the coronavirus has had [...]

May 9th, 2020|Foundation|

The S.I.F To Give $100,000 To Help Toronto’s Homeless During COVID-19

On April 9th, Toronto’s favorite Raptor, Serge Ibaka, made a $100,000 pledge to support Fred Victor’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund; until April 30th, all donations to Fred Victor will be matched, up to $100,000 by the Serge Ibaka Foundation. There are over 9,000 people who are living with homelessness in Toronto on any given night. The lack of affordable housing, and a shelter system that has been operating at capacity for years, are some of the difficult realities of our current homelessness crisis. What the outbreak of COVID-19 has effectively done is highlight just how precarious the lives of homeless people really are. [...]

April 9th, 2020|Foundation|

Win Marc Gasol’s parade sunglasses with Avec Classe

Avec Classe is Serge Ibaka's new show about fashion. In the second episode, Ibaka's teammate OG Anunoby is the guest. On the show, the guest brings a special personal item to give away for charity. Our last guest, Marc Gasol, was the soul of the party at the Raptors 2019 Championship Parade. Now you have a chance to win the sunglasses he wore on that iconic day! The raffle will benefit the Serge Ibaka Foundation. Enter now for your chance to win by clicking the link below: https://go.rallyup.com/marcavecclasse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9V5Yf_sL0Y

March 30th, 2020|Foundation|

Win OG Anunoby’s jersey with Avec Classe

Avec Classe is Serge Ibaka's new show about fashion. In the second episode, Ibaka's teammate OG Anunoby is the guest. On the show, the guest brings a special personal item to give away for charity. OG is donating his Raptors rookie jersey from when he was drafted. The raffle will benefit the Serge Ibaka Foundation. Enter now for your chance to win by clicking the link below: https://go.rallyup.com/ogavecclasse https://youtu.be/wiIAUeraFJo

February 4th, 2020|Foundation, Other|

Win Fred Van Vleet’s shoes with Avec Classe

Avec Classe is Serge Ibaka's new show about fashion. On the season premiere, Ibaka's teammate Fred Van Vleet is the guest. On the show, the guest brings a special personal item to give away for charity. Van Vleet is donating the shoes he wore on the Raptors ring night on 10/22/2019. Fred autographed the shoes during the episode, too! The raffle will benefit the Serge Ibaka Foundation. Enter now for your chance to win by clicking the link below: https://go.rallyup.com/sergeibakafoundation    

December 19th, 2019|Foundation, Other|

Toronto Fundraising Gala 2019

On April 6th, 2019, the Serge Ibaka Foundation celebrated it's first Fundraising Gala in Toronto. The Hotel X was the venue for a very special night, where our guests and partners were able to spend time with Serge Ibaka and learn more about our projects. The Toronto Raptors in full were in attendance and as much as 150 Torontonians took part in the fundraising efforts, participating in the silent and liver auctions and, more importantly, discovered and supported our work. The "Fast Break Meals" partnership with the Regent Park Community Food Center is our main program in Toronto, and it [...]

April 10th, 2019|Other|

Fast Break Meals Partnership with Toronto’s Regent Park Food Centre

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Serge Ibaka gets cooking with kids over March Break, launching a new partnership with CRC|Regent Park Community Food Centre to provide thousands of meals to those in Toronto’s downtown east. TORONTO, March 11, 2019 – Serge Ibaka wants to inspire young people and use his profile to change the way people think about poverty, homelessness and food insecurity. The Raptors player’s foundation announces a new partnership with the CRC | Regent Park Community Food Centre to help alleviate hunger in the Regent Park neighborhood. The FAST BREAK MEALS PARTNERSHIP includes a substantial contribution from the [...]

March 12th, 2019|Other|

Summer 2018 Video Recap

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eh-dm6VeCk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WXFkkyoiBI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY5Jm5vClyg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdVIe-hsEKs    

November 9th, 2018|Other|

Louder Together

On February 24th we hosted the Canadian Premiere of Louder Together, the Global Citizen documentary. It was the first event in Toronto alongside our partners of Global Citizen and we could not be more proud of helping them spread their message in Canada. The event took place at the Hot Docs movie theater and also served to talk about the Foundation's work in Congo and the projects for the future. With more than 300 people in attendance, including many of Serge Ibaka's Raptors teammates, the evening was a great success and just a taste of what's coming in the future [...]

March 14th, 2018|Foundation, Other|

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. Video   [...]

October 3rd, 2017|Foundation, Other|

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 [...]

July 18th, 2017|Foundation, Other|

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 [...]

June 15th, 2017|Dreams Academy, Foundation, Other|

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 [...]

June 14th, 2017|Other|

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 [...]

June 10th, 2017|Other|

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, [...]

April 28th, 2017|Foundation, Other|

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. [...]

November 23rd, 2016|Other|

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 [...]

September 8th, 2016|Other|

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 [...]

September 1st, 2016|Dreams Academy, Foundation|

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, [...]

September 1st, 2016|Foundation|

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 [...]

January 20th, 2016|Other|

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: [...]

December 16th, 2015|Other|

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 [...]

December 11th, 2015|Other|

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 [...]

October 7th, 2015|Other|

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 [...]

August 28th, 2015|Other|

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxFN5JR6RMw&feature=youtu.be 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 [...]

April 2nd, 2015|Other|

‘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.

March 25th, 2015|Foundation, Other|

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 [...]

January 15th, 2015|Foundation|

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, [...]

January 10th, 2015|Foundation|

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 [...]

January 5th, 2015|Foundation|

Going back to give back

KFOR News Channel 4 travelled from Oklahoma City to Brazzaville to witness Serge Ibaka’s philanthropy work in his home country and to contribute spreading the word about Serge’s inspirational efforts.

January 3rd, 2015|Foundation|

UNICEF Gets Boys and Girls in the Game

Serge Ibaka’s chances of becoming an NBA player were slim. Born in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, in September 18th, 1989, Ibaka had to face multiple obstacles in his childhood. Growing up in a war-torn, socially unstable country was a challenge for him from a very young age. Serge’s mom died when he was 7 years old, while his father had health and bureaucratic problems that had him absent of his son’s life for long periods. But adversity didn’t stop him from having dreams, and his was to be a basketball player. When, in 2009, he signed [...]

January 20th, 2013|Foundation|
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