Ask the assembly if anyone plays basketball and if they know any famous basketball players. Explain that Luol Deng plays for the Chicago Bulls, is very well known in America and that he is a one of President Obama's favourite players.
Luol was born in Sudan, a country in Africa, in 1985. Luol is the second youngest of nine children. When Luol was five, a civil war broke out in Sudan and the Deng family left their home country and finally settled in London.
Basketball superstar returns to the country of his birth. Duration 2,40
Luol loved playing basketball and didn't give up when things got difficult and he had to move to another country. He carried on playing in London at the Brixton Basketball Club and went to St. Mary's High School where sport is a big deal.
Aged 14, Luol was on the move again, this time to the USA, after gaining a sport scholarship to Blair Academy in New Jersey. Five years later, aged only 19, Luol played his first game for the Chicago Bulls basketball team.
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Luol also represents Great Britain in basketball and is one of their star players. He has said that in playing for Team GB he wants to give something back and say thank you to the country where he and his family settled.
In this video he returns to Sudan for the first time in 20 years.
- Who is Luol Deng?
- What has he done to be proud of?
- Why do you think Luol is a good role model?
- Do you think you would have the determination to achieve your goals as Luol has done?
- What do you think it would be like to leave your home country and settle somewhere else?
- Why do you think he wanted to play basketball for Great Britain?
- When has someone helped you and you have said thank you?
- Why is it important to say thank you?
Script to introduce Film 2 - High hopes for the future
After arriving in the UK, Luol studied at a secondary school in London where basketball is one of the most popular sports.
Pupils at the school see Luol as a role model and are inspired by what he has achieved.
This film shows students from his secondary school talking about their hopes for the future and the steps that they need to take to get there.
Students reach for the stars. Duration 2,20.
- What was Luol's dream?
- What is your dream?
- What do you need to do to make your dream a reality?
- Is it better to have a dream or a plan?
Assembly Question - Would you rather be a basketball player or an actor? Email your school's answer to
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