Gabonese Minister of Education and Minister of Sport Experience American Sport During Visit to Academy

Posted by | September 20, 2010 | News & Events | No Comments
The delegation from Gabon attends the Fairhope-Baldwin County High School football game.

The delegation from Gabon attends the Fairhope-Baldwin County High School football game.

Gabon’s minister of education and minister of culture, youth and sport led a delegation of seven visitors discussing sport and observing the local sport culture in a visit hosted by the United States Sports Academy this past week.

Seraphin Moundounga, Minister of National Education and Higher Education and René Ndémézo’o Obiang, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, visited the Academy, attended three sporting events, and observed a physical education class during a busy two-day visit. The Academy formalized an agreement with Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba, the President of Gabon, in March of 2010, to bring its sport education programs to the nation. Under the agreement, the Academy will send a team of experts to Gabon to assess the current state of facilities, equipment, programs, and staff qualifications, as well as other associated aspects of Gabon’s sport program in late October.

The delegation from the Central African nation observed the local sport activities by attending the Fairhope-Baldwin County high school football game Friday, and then watching a youth soccer game Saturday morning before attending the South Alabama-Nicholls State college football game that afternoon.

Friday morning, the visitors attended a demonstration of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) equipment, which was presented to the Academy faculty and staff by Dr. Michelle Riello and former University of Kansas women’s basketball coach Marianne Washington. After a tour of the Academy and the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), the visitors met with Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich to discuss their country’s sport programs.

His Excellency Seraphin Moundounga, the Minister of National Education and Higher Education (center), and His Excellency René Ndémézo'o Obiang, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport (right), present a special commemorative book on Gabon to Daphne High School Principal Don Blanchard.

His Excellency Seraphin Moundounga, the Minister of National Education and Higher Education (center), and His Excellency René Ndémézo’o Obiang, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport (right), present a special commemorative book on Gabon to Daphne High School Principal Don Blanchard.

That afternoon, the Gabonese observed a women’s volleyball practice and a physical education class at Daphne High School (DHS) and made a presentation to the International Baccalaureate Students. While at DHS, the Ministers presented a special commemorative book on Gabon to Principal Don Blanchard.

The Gabonese delegation also included Evariste Leyinda and Nicolas Beyeme Nguema from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; A. Oyan Ondo MVE, (Monique) IOC Board Member Gabon; Armand Mavioga Moussavou, aide to the Minister of Education; Anna Bouandja Ndjana, private secretary to the Minister of Education; and David Dubroff of the Washington, D.C. – based consulting firm Scribe Strategies and Advisors.

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