Thabo Letsebe

Background : Left S. Africa for the US in 1997
High School : Graduated from Towson Catholic in ’99
College : Graduated from Goucher College (Baltimore, Maryland) 2003
Degree : Graphic design
Hometown : Johannesburg, South Africa
Biography : Thabo is from the township of Alexandra in Johannesburg, South Africa and through the help of Miles & Associates and AYDF he became the first Black South African to attend high school in the United States on a basketball scholarship.Thabo was fully committed to playing basketball in one of South Africa’s most notorious townships as a youth because he was simply determined not to get involved with the wrong crowd and saw basketball as a way to stay out of trouble since he had been labelled as “too tall to play soccer” by local coaches.

Thabo’s story is even more amazing when you consider that he got a degree in graphic design from Goucher College despite the fact that his South African high school (Minerva High) did not own a single computer in 1997. Thabo was a true pioneer and he not only made it but he excelled in the United States. His performance in the classroom and on the basketball court set the tone and opened doors for many other Africans to receive sports and academic scholarships through our programs.

After graduating from Towson Catholic High School, Thabo attended Goucher College (Baltimore, MD) for four years on a full basketball scholarship. He graduated with a degree in graphic design and has aspirations to one day start his own graphic design company.

Thabo is currently working full time for Miles & Associates as the director of basketball programs and is heading a basketball and life skills initiative in his original community (Alexandra township). Thabo is truly passionate about offering the gift of sport that he was exposed to as a young boy. He remains focused on giving back to youth in his home country through the game that has given him so much.

“Being the first Black South African to go to America on a basketball scholarship was intimidating because I knew that my success or failure would affect whether other South Africans got the same type of opportunities in the future.”
– Thabo Letsebe

“Scholar Athletes Featured in June Issue of O’Mag”