History

2007
Frank Albin from Freiburg/Germany leads his first short-term basketball project in Namibia, supported by the German Sports Youth (dsj). He establishes relations with the Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF) and local basketball stakeholders.

2008
Frank Albin leads a short-term basketball project in Namibia for the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), funded by the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).
The first group of Basketball Artists is established at Dr. Frans Aupa Indongo Primary School in Windhoek-Katutura and performs at an event at the Goethe Centre. Another group of Basketball Artists is established at Rehoboth Primary School and performs at their school’s festival.
NBF applies for a long-term basketball project.

2009
The non-profit organization Isibindi from Freiburg/Germany, the German Basketball Federation (DBB) and USC Freiburg organize the first fundraising event “10,000 Free Throws for Namibia” in favor of the envisaged Basketball Artists School.
DOSB and the Federal Foreign Office send their basketball expert Frank Albin to Namibia for a long-term project.

2010
DOSB builds two basketball courts for children at the Katutura Sports Complex with the support of the Directorate of Sport.
Isibindi, NBF and Physically Active Youth (PAY) sign a Memorandum of Understanding and establish the Basketball Artists School (BAS) at the Katutura Sports Complex on 18th February. The first 24 BAS children (12 girls and 12 boys) had been selected beforehand at different primary schools in Katutura.
PAY offers the children daily lunch, academic tutoring, life skills and basketball practice, supported by DOSB, Isibindi and NBF.

2011
BAS moves to the classroom of the newly established FIFA Football for Hope Centre of Special Olympics Namibia (SON), close to the BAS basketball courts.
Ramah Mumba becomes the coordinator of BAS.
Lucia Mokomele becomes the cook of BAS.
BAS player Nina Simao and Head Coach Frank Albin take part in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens/Greece with the Namibian Unified Basketball team, winning the bronze medal.
BAS wins several first places at the International FIBA 3×3 tournament in Windhoek.

2012
The BAS girls win the Khomas High School League, with all BAS girls still being in primary school.
BAS players Eino Absalom, Michael Shikemeni, Nina Simao, Victoria Shilongo and Ramah Mumba take part in a basketball camp in Bamberg/Germany and travel to several other places in Germany.
Lena Schwaab and Fabian Muny are the first Weltwärts volunteers of BAS.
BAS is nominated as “Development Program of the Year” at the Namibia Sports Awards.

2013
Julia Ditz and Ferdinand Ramer are the new Weltwärts volunteers of BAS.
The long-term project by DOSB and the Federal Foreign Office comes to an end after four years.

2014
BAS moves from the Football for Hope Centre to a small room under the stands of the stadium at the Katutura Sports Complex.
BAS welcomes the Juniors. The older BASKids are called Seniors now, totaling to 40 BASKids.
Petrina Aron, Mantius Amukoshi and Ramah Mumba take part in a FIBA basketball camp in Istanbul/Turkey.
BAS inaugurates its own building, funded by the German Embassy, Isibindi, private donors, DOSB and DBB. The building includes two classrooms, two locker rooms, one kitchen and one office.

2015
BAS is part of the long-term project “Free Throw – Basketball Artists against HIV & AIDS” by DOSB and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Immanuel Haimbili becomes the gardener and caretaker of BAS.
BAS wins gold, silver and bronze at the first Khomas Primary School League with its three schools Mandume, A.I. Steenkamp and People’s.
Fillemon Hofeni, José Wambo, Mantius Amukoshi and Michael Shikemeni take part in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles/USA with the Namibian Unified Basketball team, winning the bronze medal.
Klara Engert and Jakob Mannmeusel are the new Weltwärts volunteers of BAS.
9 of 10 BAS learners pass grade 10, compared to only 50% countrywide.

2016
BAS offers a Saturday program every week.
BAS gets a library, computer-lab and gym (weight room), funded by DOSB, GIZ, BMZ and Isibindi.
BAS inaugurates its Streetball Court (FIBA 3×3), funded by the International Basketball Foundation (IBF), International Basketball Federation (FIBA), Isibindi, DBB and DOSB.
Ronja Gaulinger and Jan Holldorb are the new Weltwärts volunteers of BAS.
Ramah Mumba becomes Director, Malakia Matias Coordinator, Lucia Mokomele Operations Manager and Caroline Misson Cook of BAS.
The BAS Falcons (girls) crown their first season in the women’s league of the Khomas Basketball Association (KBA) with the bronze medal and numerous personal awards.

2017
BAS becomes a Namibian trust called BAS Foundation. The new BAS board of trustees is led by chairperson Dr. Vetumbuavi S. Veii, retired Director of Sport.
Isibindi releases BAS into independence at a ceremony.
The BAS Vikings (boys) play their first season in the second KBA men’s division.
BAS and Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS) offer their first joint basketball camp.
The Oshana Basketball School (OBS) is founded in Ongwediva following the example set by BAS.
BAS welcomes the Rookies who are now part of BAS next to the Juniors and Seniors, totaling to 60 BASKids.
Ella Bauhus and Lucas Gotzmann are the new Weltwärts volunteers of BAS.
BAS inaugurates its FIBA Basketball Court, funded by the German Embassy, IBF, FIBA, DBB, DOSB and Isibindi.
Eight U18 BAS players represent Namibia at the first IBF 3×3 Young Lions Cup in Botswana.

2018
Eino Absalom, Jacobina Uushona, Michael Shikemeni and Nina Simao are the first BAS learners to enroll at a university.
Long-time supporter Joachim Spägele becomes the chairperson of the newly founded BAS Förderverein in Freiburg/Germany.
BAS and Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS) offer their second joint basketball camp.
Anna Pennekamp and Patrick Färber are the new Weltwärts volunteers of BAS.
The project “Free Throw – Basketball Artists against HIV & AIDS” by DOSB and GIZ on behalf of BMZ comes to an end after four years. BAS founder and DOSB expert Frank Albin moves back to Germany after 10 years in Namibia. He remains in charge of the fundraising activities in Germany.

2019
Mantius Amukoshi is the fifth BAS learner to enroll at a university.
Four U18 BAS players represent Namibia at the second IBF 3×3 Young Lions Cup in Botswana.
BAS hosts the first English-speaking IBF Mini Basketball Convention in Africa.
BAS and Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS) offer their third joint basketball camp.
Paula Thurn and Marinus Laubert are the new Weltwärts volunteers of BAS.
BAS players Bobby Firmino Mael, Mantius Amukoshi and Tiree Toromba as well as NBF representatives Ramah Mumba and Malakia Matias take part in the World Beach Games in Qatar.
BAS is awarded “Development Program of the Year” at the Namibia Sports Awards.
Four U18 BAS players represent Namibia at the third IBF 3×3 Young Lions Cup in Botswana.

2020
BAS celebrates 10 years of changing lives on 22nd February.