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StrideYourPassion was founded in 2016 by Christophe Varidel, a former NCAA and professional basketball player from Switzerland, with the aim to offer the next generation of basketball players the structure he wished he had growing up.

Trough StrideYourPassion, he has set on a mission to help players reach their fullest potential and devellop through basketball. Watch the presentation video to learn more about the program. 

NON-PROFIT ASSOCIATION (2018-2024)

It is after SYP Founder Christophe Varidel took a trip to Guinea-Bissau in 2017 that the idea of funding a non-profit association was born. Why couldn’t SYP make a difference beyond the frontiers of Switzerland?

In 2018, the SYP Basketball Academy was born, and the preparation for our first project in Bissora, Guinea-Bissau started.

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Basketball Academy

We are very fortunate to live in a place where infrastructures are adequate for the practice of sport. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone around the world. We can not fix the world, but we can help some people…. Read our report to learn about our work from 2018 to 2022.

GUINEA-BISSAU

The town of Bissorã, Guinea-Bissau holds a special place in our heart.

After conducting the renovations of the public playground at distance, we flew on spot in December 2018 to conduct coaching workshops and a 5-day basketball camp for the youth of the town.

The time we spent in Bissora was easily one of the most meaningful experience of our lives.

Cherry on the cake, the Academy perdured and basketball is now one of the main sports in Bissora. Today, the Academy holds 4 teams and about 40 boys and girls, and regularly competes in tournamants around the country.

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TANZANIA

It is in 2019 that we have started to plan an ambitious project in Ukonga, Tanzania. 

The plan was to build from scratch a basketball court for the community of Ukonga, a known basketball program struggling to gain court access. 

After securing the necessary amount of over $15’000, we worked through a local construction partner to build a count for the Juhudi Secondary School. 

The construction was halted multiple time due to different on spot problems, but it was finally completed during the summer of 2022. 

Read more about the process of building this basketball count on the report. 

ALUMNI

Since 2016, we have worked with over 30 players who have gone on to represent the youth national teams, with several also earning full scholarships to play for universities in the USA (NCAA). Here are a few of them…

Toni Rocak

Pro in Croatia, Swiss National Team

Laurent Zoccoletti

Pro in CH & Iceland, Swiss National Team

Achile Spadone

Bucknell University (NCAA I), Swiss National Team

Matteo Piccarelli

Temple University (NCAA I), Italian U20 National Team

Niko Rocak

UC Davis (NCAA I)

Jacques Safra

Mayville Uni. (NAIA), LNB Switzerland

Training & Camps

The StrideYourPassion training camps are designed to fit the physical and psychological development of young basketball players and offer a well adapted basketball curriculum aimed at athletic improvement, skills development and understanding of basketball and team concepts. 

The level of players who attend the SYP training camps ranges from beginners to the very elites of basketball in Switzerland. Over the last 8 years, we have been trusted by over 30 current and former Switzerland Youth National Team members. 

SYP training

The SYP training camps are designed to fit the physical & psychological development of young basketball players.

All camps offer:

- Discounts for siblings
- Discounts for members/partners
- Optional lunch included

Programm presentation

Get to know more about our program for young basketball players, designed to help them create and stabilize their basketball journey, and learn about the three stages of player development.

Testimonials

what they say...

Ismail Sokmen
Ismail Sokmen
06/07/2024
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Another year passed, and my kids still enjoy the camps very much. We just finished the Oct'23 camp, and my kids cannot wait to go again to the new year, spring and summer camps. Thank you Chris for making these camps so fun and also helping the kids to improve their skills and develop new ones. For the parents: If your kids have not yet tried these camps, I would encourage you/them to try. You will not regret :) Ismail --- I posted below last year. Since then, it has been more than 6 times that my kids went to the camp. Each time the camp finishes they ask me to register to the next one. This tells a lot how much they like it. As a parent, I like the professionalism and the atmosphere the coaches create. We are fans of this camps! Thank you Chris and all the Coaches!
daiana robasto
daiana robasto
27/05/2024
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The best teachers and environment, my son is very happy to go, there is really an encouraging and happy vibe. It is sport and fun, and fun and sport: strongly suggested!
Cristian Neagu
Cristian Neagu
06/04/2024
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Fantastic team. Super motivating. Highly recommended!
Yannick Nardin
Yannick Nardin
18/02/2024
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Mon fils a participé pour la 3e fois aux camps SYP: il apprend énormément, avec beaucoup de plaisir. Il est entraîné par des coachs qui jouent au plus au niveau.
Cherisse Gasana
Cherisse Gasana
29/01/2024
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Our sons had (and continue having) a very positive experience with StrideYourPassion camps and Sunday trainings. Over the years, the regular camps and Sunday sessions have not only enhanced our boys' basketball abilities but have also cultivated a strong work ethic and a profound love for the game. The environment at the camp strikes a perfect balance between nurturing and challenging, ensuring skill development is as enjoyable as it is effective. Under the exceptional guidance of Christophe and the coaches at StrideYourPassion, our boys have shown remarkable growth in both their skills and character. We highly recommend this camp to any aspiring basketball player, whether they are just starting out or looking to elevate their game.
Magdalena Mazany
Magdalena Mazany
07/01/2024
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Great camps, professional coaches and a lot of fun and progress for young players! My son did 2 camps and he can’t wait for the next one.
Lydia WMB
Lydia WMB
31/10/2023
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Best BASKETBALL camp ever ! Thanks to great coaches, learned a lot and lots of fun at the same time.
Robert c
Robert c
28/10/2023
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Top! Des coachs attentifs et très professionnels, à l’écoute de chacun enfant, tout a été parfait ! Bravo à tous
Nathalie Neagu Secretan
Nathalie Neagu Secretan
22/10/2023
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Camp au top! Notre fille a fait de grands progrès dans une chouette ambiance, elle n'a qu'une envie, y retourner!!

Here is just a handful of feedback we received from players and parents about our products & services over time...

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        Changed my son life

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                MyStride Mentorship client

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                      Happy Clients

                      “It’s extremely important to have a deep love for the game to take on every obstacles that will come your way. This book will keep you on the path, strengthen your love, and heighten your focus on the the short term and long term.”

                      Billy Baron
                      Billy Baron

                      Euroleague player, Milano, Italy

                      “Just a great book for basketball guys…”

                      Alex Blessing
                      Alex Blessing

                      Professional Player, Kuwait

                      “Christophe’s daily dedication and incredible work ethic made him win each day and helped him become one of the best shooters in NCAA basketball. His book can help inspire basketball players of all ages.”

                      Andy Enfield
                      Andy Enfield

                      Head Coach, USC Trona (NCAA Pac 12)

                      “The MyStride Approach has the power to change one’s destiny”

                      Chase Fieler
                      Chase Fieler

                      Professional Player, Europe, Japan

                      “Win the Day took me back to the times I was dreaming of a basketball future. The examples were on point and complemented any concepts nicely. I recommend this book to athletes of all ages and levels.”

                      Jonathan Kazadi
                      Jonathan Kazadi

                      Professional Player, Switzerland National Team

                      “If you are a parent, your kids will rebel against your advices. They will however follow the guidance of guys they can admire and relate to.”

                      Mark Vine
                      Mark Vine

                      Parent of competitive players

                      “Christophe provides some great insights and strategies for players to maximize their potential. Any player looking to dedicate their lives to improving their basketball game can truly benefit from this book.”

                      Eric Bovaird
                      Eric Bovaird

                      Head Coach, Chaminade University

                      “Win the Day is an inspiring read, filled with so much knowledge and guidance for aspiring basketball players.”

                      Kristina Santiago
                      Kristina Santiago

                      Former Professional player (eurocup) and NCAA coach, Cal Poly All-Time leader in points and rebounds

                      Get in Touch With us

                      Have questions or ready to elevate your game? We’re here to help! Contact us to learn more about our basketball camps & training programs or to sign up. Fill out the form below, give us a call, or drop us an email & we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Let’s start your journey to becoming a better player today!

                      Chem. de Prélaz 5, 1260 Nyon, Schweiz

                      Varidelc@gmail.com

                      +41 79 946 70 56

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