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KOFI MENSA (1991-2010)

Posted on 18. Nov, 2010 by Coach Anthony McIntyre in Canada Spotlight, High School

 

CIA Bounce Basketball Organization, Friends, and Family Mourning the Loss of an Outstanding Young Man

 

CIA Bounce Basketball and all of the members of this tight knit family are mourning the loss of an outstanding young man – Kofi Mensa. Kofi, a member of the outstanding 1991 group of players contributed both on and off the court to the success of not only his team, but the entire organization. One of the highest recruited players from the onset of CIA Bounce, Kofi made his mark south of the border at Mountain State Academy. Exploding onto the scene, Kofi played some memorable games vs. the likes of programs such as Oak Hill Academy. Kofi was an outstanding athlete on the brink of exploding onto the NCAA Division 1 College scene. Mensah, a signee of New Mexico State, attended D’Youville Secondary School before leaving to attend Mountain State Academy in West Virginia. Not only was Kofi an extremely gifted basketball player, he was an extraordinary young man. He was the heart and soul of the CIA Bounce/Team Takeover Canada organization, as well as all the teams that he played on. Kofi would welcome new players with open arms and show them what it was like to be a part of a team and a family. Kofi was an ambassador of the game and went 100% whenever he stepped on the court. His outstanding athletic ability was second to none, and he displayed it on the courts in both Canada and the United States.

Mensa, who was recently diagnosed with cancer fought a long battle and was an inspiration to all those who knew him. Kofi’s positive attitude and desire to play basketball again kept everyone’s hope up throughout the organization. His teammates, coaches, and family were distraught with the news of Kofi’s passing on Nov 15, 2010. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mensa family in these tough times. There will be a scholarship set up by the organization in Kofi’s name that will assist in educational costs of future athletes. As well Kofi’s number will be retired within the organization, meaning no one else will ever be able to wear that number again. There will also be a charity all - star game in Decemeber, 2010 involving all players that used to play with Kofi on CIA Bounce/ Team Takeover Canada. More information on this game will be posted as we confirm the availability of Kofi's teammates.

Kofi’s funeral will take place on Saturday November 27, 2010 at 10:00 am at St Andrews Roman Catholic Church.  The address is 2547 Kipling Ave. in Etobicoke.  There will be a wake following the funeral. Viewing will take place at Ward Funeral home located at 52 Main Street South in Brampton.  It will take place from 6 – 9pm on Thursday and Friday Nov 25, 2010. 
 

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7 Responses to “KOFI MENSA (1991-2010)”

  1. Stevan Manojlovic 26. Nov, 2010

    I played basketball with Kofi when we were both in middle school. We played for Etobicoke Thunder and then Toronto 5-0 together for 4 years. Kofi was one of the kindest people I’ve been blessed to have met in my life. My thoughts and prayers go out to his father Nana and the rest of his family.

    RIP Kofi Mensa

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  2. Toni 24. Nov, 2010

    RIP KOFI TRULY AN INSPIRATION TO THE FAMILY. MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE<3

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  3. SUSAN 20. Nov, 2010

    I met Kofi only on one occasion, that was when he and his team travelled to France for a tournement in 2007.When I heard the sad news I got out my photo album and looked at the many photos that I had taken. I remember him as a very bright, happy guy always playing the fool,except when he was on the court…then I remember his determination to win.
    I shed a tear as it’s always tough when a young person goes too soon, but I remembered something that my mom said to me many years ago. She said… the LORD ONLY CALLS ON THE BEST TO BE PART OF HIS TEAM OF ANGELS,so…..even though we are sad that he had to leave we have to believe that he’s now amongst the angels of the LORD for ETERNITY.
    gOD BLESS his family and give them strength… R.I.P KOFI

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  4. Arkell Bruce 20. Nov, 2010

    i had the chance to get to know Kofi as an asst coach at MSA and he is one of the best kids i have ever gotten to know. he did everything the right way and always had a charming smile on his face. he willl be missed by everyone he ever came across.

    Arkell

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  5. vivian anoff 19. Nov, 2010

    Kofi, young handsome full of live, respectful, and God fearing. l remember that smile in your eyes. You don’t say much but on that sick bed you radiated love for all. l call myself blessed to have known u. We will miss u.We will never forget u. l know u are resting in God’s arms free of pain.We will surely meet again. Rest in peace my dear.

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  6. Beverly Birchfield 19. Nov, 2010

    I met Kofi only briefly after games a time or two, he played with my grandson at Mountain State in WV. He was a very likeable and friendly person…you felt immediatley felt his tender and warm heart as soon as you encountered him. he was a good friend to my g-son and will be missed immensely.

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