"We, Robin Bayiha and Reco Anderson are proud
natives of Sumter, South Carolina. Sumter is the kind
of place that humbles and inspires willing vessels with
vision. "You know?" That kind of vision that
individuals, homes, cities, states, nations-- the world,
is effected for betterment by an incept of a deep
intrinsic belief that change is indeed possible. We are
forever indebted to our enchanting roots that we call
home, Sumter, South Carolina."
We began a friendship in grade school at Kingsbury
Elementary. We did not know that fate would have it
that 20 years later we, along with Cooper Bayiha
would begin the Baobab Project; missioned to provide
life skills tools to improve habits and behaviors and
lifestyles of youth, in order for them to grow, flourish,
and be competent in a world full of opportunities
through the game of basketball.
The Baobab Project actually started off as a single
basketball team under the direction of the late,
GREAT Joe C Meriweather that he entrusted to
Coach Cooper Bayiha. After three successful years
and a few supportive parents The Baobab Project
organically took shape and became a functioning
Continuously growing in terms of environmental and
technological changes youth are losing touch with
intricate and important character values such as
respect, dignity, honesty, pride, and hard work. The
scarcities in leadership among our youth cause them
to adapt to a mindset of laziness and complacency.
Hence, it is time that favorable leaders take a stand
and be accessible leaders for our youth to model
after. "We, Robin Bayiha, Reco Anderson, and
Cooper Bayiha personally pledge to implement
positive reflective leadership. We also pledge to
create an environment through and through where
youth all over can flourish, prosper, and acquire
exposure to change individual realities."
....."We pride ourselves on being deeply rooted
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