Those of us who were on the Hill a decade ago got to know Naofall Folahan ’14, a tall, friendly basketball whiz from Benin with an infectious smile.
“Ming,” as everyone called him, was the Seahawks’ all-time leading shot blocker. After graduating, he played for a few years with the Canadian Basketball League, ultimately landing in Halifax, the bustling capital of Nova Scotia — and there, he founded a new kind of basketball academy.
Ming’s charm, hard work and innovative approach to the business of the private sports academy drew the attention of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada’s public broadcasting service, which aired a feature on him in March.
The following month, a second feature covered a vandalism attack on Ming’s Halifax Prep. “It goes to two things,” he said, “either a racial thing, or it can be a colleague who doesn’t want to see this succeed.”