Casablanca - Launched in 2010 by a group of young basketball lovers, TIBU, whose initials stand for "Teamwork, Innovation, Binding, and Uprightness," aims to bring the passion of this sport to the Kingdom of Morocco.
Casablanca – Launched in 2010 by a group of young basketball lovers, TIBU, whose initials stand for “Teamwork, Innovation, Binding, and Uprightness,” aims to bring the passion of this sport to the Kingdom of Morocco.
TIBU Maroc’s president, Mohamed Amine Zariat, hopes to inspire the Moroccan youth with basketball by conveying values such team spirit, solidarity, fair play, and dealing with challenges. Aside from that, TIBU is a non-profit organization.
The basketball association provides sporting, educational, cultural and social activities for young boys and girls. It includes two other foundations: TIBU Basketball Academy and TIBU HandiBasket.
The TIBU Basketball Academy is the first of its kind in Morocco.Their mission is to train young basketball players as well as to qualify the technical staff to an international level.
TIBU HandiBasket is a special club for physically disabled children (from the ages of 8-16) that are given the opportunity to play basketball with one another without restrictions. With this initiative, TIBU demonstrates that sports are for everyone and anyone regardless of gender or impairment.
Equally important to note, TIBU Maroc works closely with the following institutions: ESIG-École Supérieure Internationale de Gestion, MDJS-La Marocaine des Jeux et des Sports, Locus English, Ville de Casablanca, Casablanca Events, as well as with the U.S embassy in Morocco.
In addition, courses in English as well as leadership skills are both incorporated within the program. TIBU Maroc also offers exchange programs in France, Spain, Canada, the Netherlands, and Serbia, and thus mastering of the English language is a requirement.
In a recent press conference, TIBU Maroc president Mohamed Amine Zariat explained that English is a must-have skill: “Why is English so important? Well, we want to become TIBU Worldwide, and in order to become known worldwide, English is essential, as it is an international language. We want our players to speak English. That’s why our coaches instruct them in English. And if ever players of our team would travel abroad to participate in international competitions, English would not be a burden.” Nevertheless, he also highlighted that French and Arabic still needed for the improvement of some children, in order to obtain the best of the Moroccan job market.
In the past few years, TIBU Maroc has already organized several successful events such as the National TIBU School Tour, TIBU Basketball Camp, and many more. What started rather small is growing into a long-lasting benefit for the Moroccan youth. What’s more, TIBU Maroc is convinced that basketball would make a positive contribution to Moroccan society and the physical and personal development of its young people.
For more detailed information about each establishment and how to participate or volunteer, please refer to TIBU’s Facebook pages below:
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