October 18, 2010 - We didn't report from Cameroon, but Daily Bruin senior staffers Maya Sugarman and Matt Stevens did.
Basketball is spreading from its American origins to places as distant and unknown as Yaoundé, Cameroon. Young men in the capital city grow up with dreams of playing abroad, but they don’t know what stands in their way.
Last week, the Daily Bruin published a series on basketball in Yaoundé, Cameroon – the hometown of two UCLA basketball alumni. The on-site reporting was made possible by the Bridget O’Brien Scholarship Foundation, now in its third year of funding student journalism with a global reach and local impact.
This year’s recipients, Sugarman and Stevens, spent 31 days in Yaoundé and nearby villages listening to the stories of players, coaches and administrators involved in the game.