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.

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. 


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)