Help SYP start a basketball program in Guinea-Bissau.



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Stride Your Passion is a Swiss-based organization that provides opportunities for young basketball players throughout the world by organizing high-quality basketball camps. 

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.

Unfortunately, many children do not have access to proper educational or athletic facilities. This is why we created the SYP Basketball Academy association. With your help, SYP will work to make a difference by providing quality basketball facilities and teaching to the town of Bissorã, Guinea-Bissau, through the SYP Bissorã Academy project. In partnership with the ADPP, we will renovate a court and establish an inclusive basketball program for the town of Bissorã.



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. 

AAU Exposure Tour (U.S.)

The SYP AAU Exposure Tour is directed to highly motivated players. We seeks to improve the competitive edge of our players with a competitive program , broaden their basketball experience, and give them an opportunity to be seen by recruiters and earn scholarship offers.

SYP Junior Tour (U.S.)

The SYP Junior Tour offers a safe and competitive environment for our young players to be introduced to basketball in America. The aim is to increase the competitive edge of our players by exposing them to international competition, intense training, and official AAU games.

SYP Superstars (CH)

The SYP Superstars Camp is a U.S. style basketball camp based in the beautiful area of Tenero, Switzerland. The camp is built on the belief that the key to improvement is to enjoy playing while working hard and staying passionate.




These professional basketball players are committed to help raise funds for the SYP Bissora Basketball Academy project.

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Malte Ziegenhagen
Malte Ziegenhagen

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 Martin
Gilles Martin

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.

Kuany Kuany
Kuany Kuany

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. 

Duke's Seth Curry guards FGCU basketball player Christophe Varidel

Christophe Varidel vs. Seth Curry, 2012

SYP Founder

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
  • 2013 Atlantic-Sun Champion
  • 2013 NCAA Tournament ‘Sweet 16’
  • Most 3s in a game record at MAUI invitational tournament, November 26, 2013 against #16 Baylor University (ten 3-pointers made)