Lions x Badu Press Release

London Lions, the premier professional basketball team in the UK, is delighted to announce a partnership with BADU, a community-focused organisation dedicated to providing holistic and unconditional support to underserved communities across London, fostering positive change and empowerment throughout the city.

BADU joins forces with Nutrabolt

The new partnership will focus on supporting and growing BADU’s Centre of Excellence program. BADU and Nutrabolt are proud to announce a new collaborative partnership support BADU’s continuous social impact on the London-Hackney community. This relationship will accelerate the community’s access to future-proof sporting activities, mentorship, and employment opportunities that ultimately support individuals’ aspirations to be a part of the sports industry.

BADU Cafe Launch Party

The BADU Café officially opened it’s doors in February 2023. The launch party celebration was opened by Mr Badu and his team, welcoming special guest visitors; BADU Community members and all of those that have supported the journey of the Café from when it was just an idea on paper right through to it’s first serving of the smoothest cappuccino. Light refreshments were served and everyone got to hear from the team responsible for bringing it all together.

BADU X SKY Digital Hub Opening

As a result of the clear disparities in access to digital equipment; software and data, BADU collaborated with SKY to open the BADU Digital hub. Launch night was filled with entertainment; great food from Caribbean food caterers Juicy Jerk and stunning views across the Olympic Park. Special thanks to INCA productions for coordinating the event ensuring that guests were able to embrace this incredible new space for the community.

That Moment When

Every year in the build up to Christmas, BADU work alongside schools and other non-profit organisations to deliver a Christmas hamper to families facing the pressures and challenges of Christmas time. That moment When 2022 was another great success and BADU pulled in another great cohort of volunteers from grass roots community initiatives to large corporate banks. Everyone involved walked away feeling a real sense of community and support.

Another triathalon triumph!

Earlier in the month we embarked on our second triathlon in partnership with Limelight sports, aiming to add more diversity to the sport. After our success at the Blenheim Triathlon last year where we introduced 5 first time triathletes, with some not being able to swim!

Lewis Hamilton meets BADU

Two BADU mentees had the opportunity of a life time to meet the one and only Sir Lewis Hamilton, in the build up to the British Grand Prix. Their conversation was broadcasted to millions on Sky Sports F1 before the race. It was a great conversation and insight into what Lewis had to say about his career so far, inclusivity in F1, his commitment to supporting the next generation and more!

Centre of Excellence Sports Day

This year we are hoping to open our much anticipated Centre of Excellence. The centre will be an elite level sports facility that highlights female leadership in coaching and participation. The four main sports that we will house at the Centre are Tennis, Netball, Football and Basketball while ensuring accessibility and inclusivity to all.

Mentoring Meets McLaren

The BADU mentoring group were invited to the headquarters in Woking to meet and have a Q&A session with McLaren CEO Zak Brown and Sky Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer, UK & Europe Stephen van Rooyen. Our mentees, along with Nana Badu, Joshua Warburton and our very own patron Martin Tyler, got some amazing insight into what it is like being a CEO at such a high level.

Hackney Moves T shirt Design

Here at BADU the talents of our young people are endless. In 2019, Nike presented a group of our young leaders with the task of creating the artwork and t-shirt design for the 2020 Hackney Moves Festival. Unfortunately, the festival had to be postponed due to covid, but we were so proud to finally be able to have their work displayed on the official finishers t-shirts for Hackney Moves 2021.

Running thoughts in Hackney

In August 2021, some of the BADU young people were chosen to model the new Nike ‘Running Thoughts’ collection by London visual artist Joy Yamusangie. The collection is inspired by Joy’s experiences running and living in Hackney over lockdown, making our young leaders Naomi, Condi, Zeniece, Joel and Korede the perfect people to model these vibrant new pieces.

Run for Michael Hackney Half

The Hackney Moves Festival finally came back in September this year after a year out due to covid. Around 50 members of the BADU family ran the 5k or half marathon (some doing both!). The build up to the weekend was one which we are thankful for and happy to have been a part of. This year we decided to run the 5k and half marathon in remembrance of Michael Adu – one of our talented young football players who sadly passed away last year.