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Brooklyn Center to Tanzania: Clinic leads to national team coaching job

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 09/11/18, 2:45PM CDT

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Matt McCollister just wanted to do a little something, perhaps conduct a basketball clinic or two in Africa. What happened was beyond anything he could have imagined.


Matt McCollister (center), conducted a clinic in Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania. A young Tanzanian held a makeshift basketball. The sport is still early in its development in the African country. (Submitted photo)

Matt McCollister just wanted to do a little something, perhaps conduct a basketball clinic or two. What he got was beyond anything he could have imagined.

A 2015 trip to Kenya with a grateful client who was a Kenyan citizen made such an impression on McCollister — a Twin Cities attorney by trade and basketball coach by passion — that he made an offer.

“I asked if I could put on a basketball clinic there,” McCollister recalled. “I was so impressed with the country, I just wanted to do something for them.”

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