Sports for Education and Economic Development, or SEED, has had a major impact on Syracuse basketball. The organization educates and trains Senegalese children in basketball, and one of its most famous alumni, Baye Moussa Keita, was a major four year contributor for Jim Boeheim’s Orange, and a key cog in the 2013 Final Four team. Keita, along with a number of his former teammates including Kris Joseph, Scoop Jardine, and James Southerland, participated in a pick-up game at Chelsea Piers in New York City benefitting SEED, via a charity organization called Assist NYC.
— Griffin Hoffmann (@Griffhoff13) June 22, 2014
Former Syracuse walk-on and 2013 alumnus Griffin Hoffmann, a New York native, set up Assist NYC, which hosts pick-up games that costs people $50 to enter, for the chance to play with Syracuse greats and other former college basketball stars. Hoffman explained the concept to Syracuse.com earlier this June:
“It’s like a normal pick-up game, except Baye Moussa Keita might be on your team,” Hoffman said. “You might have your shot blocked by a 6-foot-11 guy. It’ll go quick. If it takes too long, I’ll get a guy like James Southerland out there and he’ll make two 3s and dunk. You don’t know who will show up.”
Keita seemed very happy to be able to support the organization that helped him make it to Syracuse.
“We want to raise money and this is a great event. It’s just nice to have everybody come and support it. I’m a great example of SEEDs,” Keita said. “It was really important for me. I was able to understand people better, to learn the language, work on my skills and get more exposure.”
Syracuse.com captured some video from the game, featuring many of the participating Orange alumni.