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Kosovo Heritage Basketball Academy

Our Mission

Our mission is to educate, empower, and inspire the young people in Kosovo using basketball as a tool to foster their love for the game and dreams for a brighter future. Our goal is to grow a community of leaders through coaching and mentorship that will enrich each participant’s athletic skills, leadership, and further their education through basketball.



Skill development focusing on individual levels of ability through various drills and team play. Guest speakers emphasizing life lessons and leadership.

Individual day camps will be held in each Kosovo District (except Ferizaj and Gjilan, which will share a camp).  Each camp will be coed, for children ages 10-16; and will include up to a maximum of 30 campers per session.

Two (2) age-appropriate sessions per day will be conducted per District:

  • Mornings from 9:00 am -12:00 pm for campers ages 8-12 
  • Afternoons from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm for campers ages 13-16 

The best players from each respective District camp will be invited to participate in a final one-day All-Star Camp to be conducted in Pristina.

Camp Dates

Monday, August 21st            District of Pristina

Tuesday, August 22nd          District of Prizren

Wednesday, August 23rd     District of Gjakova

Thursday, August 24th         District of Peje/Istog

Friday, August 25th              Districts of Ferizaj and Gjilan

Saturday, August 26th           All-Star Camp – by                                                            invitation in the District of                                                   Pristina

Camp Format

35-50 campers, ages 8-16 years old, estimated per session. Oversight/instruction provided by a combination of local and U.S. experienced visiting coaches.


Contributions may be made - in cash or in kind - towards travel, lodging, facility rentals, staff stipends, and specialty basketball equipment, all as described in Use of Funds.

Fiscal sponsorship of the camps is being provided through Stamford Peace Youth Foundation, a U.S. 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization. Tax-deductible contributions supporting the camps will be accepted via check or otherwise online.

Use of Funds

Use of Funds

Our Leadership

Edona is a recent graduate of Fordham University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics, 2021) and Masters of Science degree (Media Management, 2022).  Throughout her time at Fordham, Edona was a member of the women’s Varsity basketball team, first as a walk-on and later as a scholarship player.  Earlier in her college career, Edona attended and played basketball at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point Campus for one season.  This past summer, Edona represented Kosovo as a member of its National team playing in the FIBA Small Countries Championships.  This latest basketball experience played a significant role in motivating Edona to create and make high-level basketball camp experiences available to Kosovo’s young people.  Edona currently works for the National Basketball Association (NBA) as an in-game broadcasting assistant.

Edona Thaqi

Edona with Dr. Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu - President of the Republic of Kosovo

Brian Kriftcher-Coach K

Brian (Coach K) Kriftcher and Edona Thaqi at Fordham Game

Brian (Coach K) Kriftcher and Edona Thaqi at Fordham Game

A long-time, successful high school basketball head coach, as well as the founder of Stamford Peace Youth Foundation, which includes its high-level PEACE Basketball AAU program where he coached Edona for many years.  Coach K is the boys’ head coach at Notre Dame Catholic High School (Fairfield, CT), one of Connecticut’s preeminent programs.  He is also a long-time Board member and a past Global Chair of PeacePlayers International, which uses the game of basketball to bridge divides and develop leaders among communities and young people in conflict globally, with full-time active sites in the Middle East, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and individual cities in the United States.  A lifelong student and teacher of the game, Coach K pivoted to coaching, teaching and philanthropic work full-time more than 15 years ago, following a nearly 20 year successful career in the business world on Wall Street.