Denis, who is a wheelchair user himself, loves playing wheelchair basketball. He joined the All Stars project as a coache, receiving training through the project. 

I thought the skills I had to play basketball were enough to become a coach, but I have realised that this project came with new techniques of coaching and new sports and games all together”.  

The new skills learnt enabled me to understand and appreciate the ability of each child without discrimination them against their level and severity of disability but rather provide them with opportunity to exploit their potential and show the community what they can do”.  

During the schools lockdown, Denis has continued the sports sessions with a core group of 24 disabled and non-disabled children, and built strong relationships with their parents and caregivers. Denis hopes the trust built will help to ensure that the disabled children will be confident to go back to school once they re-open.  

 “In fact, this project has helped children participating in sports to know their rights because before each sports session we raise awareness on key critical human rights issue 

Children have developed their motor skills whereby children whose limbs were weak due to lack of opportunity to exercise their muscles they showed improvement.” 

“Sports has also increased the self-esteem and confidence of the children, and these are key ingredients in retention and enrolment [at school]. 

He says that sports has provided a key foundation of learning in children and he reports that the parents he speaks to think the All Stars project has made their children visible, active and happy, and has raised their hopes. One parent said that she expects her child to compete in international special Olympics in years to come! 

Learn more about the All Stars project here