Stride Your Passion is a Swiss-based organization that provides opportunities for young basketball players throughout the world by organizing high-quality basketball camps and providing opportunities for young basketball players.
SYP believes sport is a path for personal growth. It teaches important life lessons, it helps bring communities together, and gives people the chance to dream.
We also recognise how fortunate we are to live in an environment which provides us the luxury to play this game (or any other activities). Many around the world do not have access to proper educational or athletic facilities. This is the reason why we decided to open the non-profit association SYP Basketball Academy, and help making a difference in unfavored populations. Our first project is currently held in Bissorã, Guinea Bissau.
SYP BASKETBALL CAMPS
Summer is an important time for a basketball player. It is the time during which one must work hard to improve for the upcoming season. SYP camps are designed for motivated players who want more than just a regular basketball experience. It also offers the most talented the opportunity to be recruited by U.S. scouts and receive scholarship opportunities. Click each camp below to learn more.
These professional basketball players are committed to help raise funds for the SYP Bissora Basketball Academy project.
Malte is the star player for Chemnitz, in Germany’s second division league. He is a free spirit, and comfortable in any type of situation. At age 26, he has lived on 3 different continents, including 2 years on the beautiful islands of Hawaii, and has traveled many places. Malte has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Northwood University, FL, and his dream is to surf the infamous pipeline tube wave.
Gilles’ first love is streetball. He grew up with a ball and a dream, and is now the floor general for Monthey Basket (Switzerland). Gilles is also a pioneer in 3×3 basketball, playing in international competitions around the globe. He has a Bachelor’s in Sport Science from University of Sydney, and his dream is to represent Switzerland at the 2020 Olympic games in the 3×3 discipline.
Originally from South Sudan, Kuany Kuany lived in Kenya before moving to Australia at age 9, where he now plays for Cairns Taipans (NBL). He played many sports before finding his true love: Basketball. Kuany is the nicest guy in town, always ready to help those in need. He holds an Bachelor’s in Accounting from Chaminade University, HI. His dream is to see nations come at peace and see the end of wars and hunger throughout the world.
Christophe Varidel vs. Seth Curry, 2012
Stride Your Passion was co-founded by Christophe Varidel, a Swiss player who played at the NCAA Division I level. Through the years, he has seen many players fail to reach their goals not because of a lack of talent, but because of a lack of opportunities. With SYP, he aims to give the best opportunities possible for young players to grow, get better, and for the best ones, to earn scholarship offers to play at the NCAA level.
“I was lucky that my teammate’s dad was a former American professional player. He put me in the hands of the right people, and I took my chance. Without this opportunity to be seen, I would have never played NCAA Basketball.” -Varidel
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration
Master’s degree in Sports Management
5 year full-scholarship collegiate athlete (FGCU, Chaminade, University of Alabama)
4th all time 3-point field goals made at FGCU (in just 3 seasons)
2nd all time in 3-point field goal percentage at FGCU
2011 Atlantic-Sun All-Freshman Team
2013 Atlantic-Sun Champion
2013 NCAA Tournament ‘Sweet 16’
MAUI invitational tournament record of most 3’s made in one game, November 26, 2013 against #16 Baylor University (ten 3-pointers made)