a Lorraine project will enable the construction of 24 basketball courts in Africa

The operation “Draw me a basketball court”, conceived in Lorraine, will make it possible to build 24 courts across Africa. At the heart of this solidarity project were Mohamed Marrakchi, a former Moroccan basketball international and three of his students, students at the Faculty of Sports Science in Nancy.

Build twenty-four basketball courts in Africa to reconcile with the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. At the initiative of the ambitious associative project “Draw me a basketball court”, Mohamed Marrakchi, a former Moroccan basketball international and president of the association CESAM (Cultures, Exchanges, Sports, Animations, Events), became Lorraine more than thirty years ago. At his side are three of his students, Masters students at the Faculty of Sports Science in Nancy.

By building basketball courts all over the African continent, we promote solidarity, but also ensure social and cultural bonding, thanks to the values ​​of sport.

Mohamed Marrakchi, former Moroccan basketball international and president of the Lorraine association CESAM

The former top athlete and his students have only one idea in mind: use sport to help young people and strengthen social ties. The construction of a basketball court costs between 1,000 and 2,000 euros. The result is rudimentary, but the goal is well achieved: “By building basketball courts across the African continent, we promote solidarity, but also ensure social and cultural bonding, thanks to the values ​​of sport”, insists Mohamed Marrakchi. Thanks to funding obtained by the CESAM association and students from Nancy, for example from municipalities, several basketball courts have already been created in France, Morocco, Guinea, Benin and Senegal. Next step, Ghana and Burkina Faso.

Mohamed Marrakchi has been a speaker and pedagogical teacher for STAPS students in Nancy since 2008, at the faculty where he studied. Since the early 1990s, the French-Moroccan has never stopped and has carried out several associative projects, in Lorraine and beyond. Every year, her sports management master’s students work on an international collaboration and network creation project, related to sports news. That is still the case this year, with the “Draw me a basketball court” initiative, a sports project of course, but also educational, cultural, social and solidarity.

Sport is a way out in a popular neighbourhood

Mohamed Marrakchi, former Moroccan basketball international and president of the Lorraine association CESAM

“Sport is a way of making ends meet in a popular neighbourhood. In 2006 the municipality of Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy asked me to work on cooperation with other countries. I was entrusted with the project and it was an opportunity to go back to basics by creating a link between my two hearts, France and Morocco”, explains the former top athlete. Mohamed Marrakchi was born in 1968 in Oujda, in northeastern Morocco. The former international basketball player left his home country in his twenties to go to France and attend the Faculty of Sports Science in Nancy, where he obtained a master’s degree in sports and regional development. The one who has “everything achieved thanks to sport”founded the Lorraine association CESAM in Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle) in 2006, which is committed, among other things, to cultural and sporting exchanges between France and Morocco.

Mohamed Marrakchi and the three students from Nancy on the initiative of the project do not intend to stop there, they have an appointment in Morocco in a few days. The purpose of this trip is to meet their colleagues from the ASA Maroc sports association and participate in activities with a hundred children, in the socio-sports center of Tahanaoua, 30 km from Marrakech.