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FATUMA MUKAMUGEMA - FIBA FOUNDATION YOUTH LEADER

FATUMA MUKAMUGEMA

After college, I played in Rwanda’s national basketball league (Ubumwe BBC) for two years before I became a basketball coach.

I believe that sports have the power to bring people together, break barriers and create positive change in our communities. As a coach, I have the opportunity to mentor young athletes, teach them valuable life skills and inspire them to reach their full potential. I also love the competitive aspect of coaching and seeing my players improve and achieve success on the court.

I always knew that I would build my career within sports, which is why now I work with Shooting Touch Rwanda as a Head Coach in Rilima/Bugesera. In this role my goal is to create a strong and successful basketball program that not only produces skilled players but also instils values of teamwork, discipline, and leadership in the youth.

In the future, I hope to continue growing as a coach and develop my skills in sports management. I also want to use my experience and knowledge to create more opportunities for youth in Rwanda to engage in sports and benefit from its positive impacts.

Sports have taught me discipline, teamwork, and hard work, and I want to pass on these lessons and create a better future for the next generation through sports.

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FX ROUGEOT - PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

FX ROUGEOT

A native of Rouen, Normandy, Fx Rougeot, 34, is a photo-reporter, focusing particularly on sport and music.

Since starting journalism in Rouen in 2002, he has worked for newspapers and magazines in Réunion, Canada, Luxembourg and Guadeloupe. Passionate about basketball, he also writes for the specialized basketball magazine Reverse.

In January 2014, motivated by the desire to show the "anonymous basketballers" that he had been meeting for several years on the playgrounds of the world (Japan, Cape Verde, Senegal, Philippines, Caribbean ...) and share his shots of the most surprising courts, he created the website United Ballers.

Through photographic reports and stories, the website shares the passion of players, their journey, their daily lives, their dreams. What does basketball mean to them? Who gave birth to this desire to play? Through each portrait and interview, the confidences become more personal, revealing real human journeys.

It was during his trip to the Philippines in October 2016, while trying to capture the basketball passion for United Ballers that he took the picture of a child having fun and playing basketball in the rain, a photo which was awarded 3rd place in the FIBA photo contest 2017.

KATRINA

KATRINA MCCLAIN - FIBA HALL OF FAME 2023

KATRINA MCCLAIN

A prolific rebounder and terrific scorer in a career that spanned three Olympic Games, three continents, and countless driveways, backyards, and arenas all over the world.

The two-time USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year finished her international career with two Olympic gold medals and one bronze, three FIBA World Championships medals, and five medals at the Goodwill Games, Pan Am Games, and World University Games.

In all Katrina McClain appeared on eleven USA Basketball rosters becoming one of the most decorated athletes in USA Basketball history. Inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame on 2023.

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MARTIN REDONDO - DESIGNER & SNEAKERS CUSTOMIZER

MARTIN REDONDO

Martín Redondo was born in 1978 in Valladolid (Spain) and grew up in Madrid where he studied graphic design and illustration.

Passionate about basketball and shoes from a very young age, he has managed to merge his 2 passions in his profession, becoming one of the most famous shoe customizers in the world.

He is an active collaborator in numerous artistic projects related to basketball and has a long list of elite players who have worn his creations on the courts around the globe, including those of the NBA, at the feet of figures like Luka Doncic.

The Olympic Bronze Medalist in triple jump, Ana Peleteiro, or the World Boxing Champion of the mini flighweight, Joana Pastrana or the footballer of the F.C: Barcelona Pedri González are some of the stars of other sports that have worn his designs.

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Matias Delacroix photo

MATÍAS DELACROIX - PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

MATÍAS DELACROIX

Matias Delacroix was born in 1989 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and grew up in Chile, where he studied graphic design and art history. He has worked for over 8 years for international agencies covering major news and sports events in Latin America & the Caribbean and around the world.

Currently, he collaborates daily with the Associated Press, based in Venezuela, and has recently covered events such as the social unrest, protests, and presidential elections in Chile, Brazil, and Argentina, the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti and migrant crises, among many others.

In 2021, he won first place in the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) contest, and Pictures of the Year (POY) recognized his 2021 portfolio with an Excellence Award in the Photographer of the Year category.

In 2023, he was honoured with the Simón Bolívar National Award as Photographer of the Year in Venezuela.

http://www.matiasdelacroix.com/info

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MILAD PAYAMI - Chief of FIBA Photography

MILAD PAYAMI

Milad Payami has extensive work experience in the field of photography. Milad began their career in 2009 as the Chief of Photography for FIBA. In this role, they were responsible for capturing and documenting important moments and events for the organization. Milad also served as the Official Photographer for FIBA Asia and British Polo Day. In 2019, Payami joined the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) as an Official Photographer. Throughout their career, they have demonstrated their passion and skill in capturing compelling images. Milad Payami holds a Bachelor's degree from Azad University. The specific field of study or the start and end years of their education are not provided.

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Robyn Maher 1998 World Championship

ROBYN MAHER - FIBA HALL OF FAME 2022

ROBYN MAHER

Maher remains one of the most decorated, influential and admired players in the history of Australian basketball, having represented her country at three Olympic Games and six World Championships. She captained the Opals to their first Olympic medal – a bronze at Atlanta 1996 – and to another bronze at the 1998 worlds in Germany. In all, she played 374 games for Australia, 174 of those as captain. Robyn Maher AM was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2022. Robyn Maher was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2022.

https://www.fiba.basketball/hall-of-fame/Robyn-Maher

Yugo Oga

Yuko Oga - FIBA HALL OF FAME 2023

YUKO OGA

Yuko started playing basketball influenced by her father who was the basketball coach of Yamagata University. She was educated at and played for Nagoya College High School. She helped the school win 7 national titles. After graduation in 2001, she joined Japan Energy basketball club. In the same year, she received her first call-up for the national team.

She represented Japan at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and became the youngest Japanese female basketball player at the Olympics ever.

In 2007, she became the first Japanese female player to sign a professional contract in the domestic leagues. In 2008, she signed a training camp contract with Phoenix Mercury. She is the second Japanese player to play in the WNBA.

In 2013-14 she won the WCBA, the professional women’s basketball league in China with the Shanxi Flame. She retired from the courts in 2018 after three seasons playing for Toyota motors team where she is currently assistant coach.

Yuko is a member of the FIBA ​​Players Commission, she is a cheerful and positive person, in love with basketball and fashion.

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