PROVING HOOP IS FOR EVERYONE

Image by Stephanie B. Chang via the Red Bull Content Pool

It was a simple layup that blew up on social media and introduced the basketball world to Jamad Fiin virtually over night. That was four years ago. Since then, more and more people have taken note of aspiring ball player, BSTN Chronicles included as we highlighted Jamad a while ago as part of Gary Land’s Kobe Tribute Editorial.

Today, her videos have led to a considerable following on Instagram as well as on TikTok. However, it’s her work as the creator of a basketball camp for young Muslim girls and as a role model that have lead to lasting change in her community. Fiin’s irrevocable conviction that hoop truly is for everyone is catching on!

Girls say to me, ‘I showed my mom your videos and now she lets me play.’

Jamad Fiin
Image by Stephanie B. Chang via the Red Bull Content Pool

Growing up in a family of Somali immigrants in Boston, MA, Jamad had to convince her parents and other members of her community that Somali girls can play basketball, too. Now, she is sharing her experience as well as her knowledge and her encouragement with fellow female players through the Jamad Basketball Camp that started in her hometown but has already expanded to reach aspiring athletes in additional states within the U.S. as well as Canada.

When the girls leave [Jamad Basketball Camp], they leave smiling and making friends. This camp is a safe place where girls come to not only be better basketball players but have fun, make memories and have a great time. I think Jamad has been a big inspiration for girls around the world and that this camp will continue to expand outside of Boston.

Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda, former teammate of Fiin’s and assistant at Jamad Basketball Camp

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