This week’s South Africa blog features new PPI coach Sbahle Mhize. Sbahle coaches in the city area at Durban Primary School and is studying Sports Science at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Sbahle has an amazing heart and embodies the spirit of PPI-SA, read more to find out about her experiences so far as a coach.
How long have you been a part of PPI and why did you want to become a part of this organization?
I have been a part of this awesome team for about 4 months now, and have enjoyed every second. I joined because I wanted to be a part of the great work PPI is doing. I am a basketball player myself so when I found out about PPI and the changes they are making in people’s lives through basketball I jumped at the change to get involved.
Can you share an experience at PPI that has impacted you personally?
At my first City Wide Tournament I saw hundreds of children that all come from different backgrounds and it really touched me how this tournament could bring together children who come from different circumstances. It made me appreciate basketball more because I saw first hand how this sport could unite children and allow them to forget all their worries and focus on the game. To see the smiles on their faces and see them interact and support each other was really great for me.
What is your favorite part about coaching with Peace Players?
The kids I coach are truly my favorite part. I love children and coaching my kids at Durban Primary School has truly been a pleasure. They put a smile on my face every time.
What is one important lesson our participants have taught you?
Being a basketball player for many causes one to almost forget the basics of basketball. Since I have started coaching, I have had to go back to the basics, which required a lot of patience from my end. It was a great lesson learnt for me.