WASHINGTON, D.C. - Gallaudet University women's basketball coach Kevin Cook recently returned from a two-week trip to Kenya where he held basketball clinics for coaches and players.
"That was a very rewarding and enriching experience," said Cook. "The Kenyan people welcomed me and I enjoyed working with all of the athletes. I was impressed with the three-day coaching clinic attendance."
Kenya is the sixth African country that Cook has visited. Cook is no stranger to Africa as the former Nigeria women's basketball national team head coach has traveled to and from a lot the past few years. He guided Nigeria in the 2006 World Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The following year he coached Nigeria in the 2007 All-Africa Games in Algiers, Algeria where Nigeria posted a 7-1 record and won the silver medal.
In addition to the coaches' clinics in Nairobi, Cook also held player clinics at the St. George's Girls School and one for deaf athletes. The clinic for deaf athletes included nearly 30 men and women participants.
"It was great working with no interpreter but there are differences between American Sign Language and Kenyan Sign Language," said Cook. "The good thing about this is that basketball is a universal language and the athletes I worked with were passionate and appreciative."
During the trip Cook was interviewed by a FIBA Africa reporter. Click here to read the entire story.
Cook enters his third season as the head coach for the Gallaudet University women's basketball program.