Young women using basketball to help overcome divisions and forge new way of life in wake of 1990s Balkan war

Aug 13, 2015, 14:04 ET from Sterling Global Operations, Inc.

LENOIR CITY, Tenn., Aug. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 100 young women playing in a Bosnia and Herzegovina basketball club are overcoming the ethnic divisions and conflict that plunged the Balkan region into war during the 1990s.

The Livno Girls Basketball Club, based in the town in southwest Bosnia and Herzegovina, competes throughout the region and in other European countries. Sterling Global Operations (SGO), an international stability operations company, is a club sponsor.

The entire region was for years embroiled in the fighting between rival military forces. Programs such as the Livno Girls Basketball Club are helping to forge a new way of life, and a better future, for girls and young women, said Mike Aramanda, SGO project manager for the company's work in the region.

"Our corporate values include service to our customer and to the communities in which we work," Aramanda said.  "That's the purpose of this sponsorship, that and the joy and competitive spirit on the faces of the girls as they compete."

The league is making an important difference in the lives of the girls, who range in age from 10 to 18 years old, said Dr. Ante Pavic, the league's president.

"The girls all come from different backgrounds and this club acts as a medium to help mend wounds and bridge ethnic divides for the newer generations," he said.

Aramanda says the league has teams playing in local leagues and in international competition.

"They competed in a European tournament in France at the beginning of April, and SGO's sponsorship makes it possible for them to have new uniforms and to travel to compete in France and in other Balkan countries."

SGO works with the Bosnia and Herzegovina Ministry of Defense, under contract from the U.S. State Department, to reduce weapons stockpiles remaining from the 1990s military buildup and war.

SGO team members are involved in community support in other ways as well, Aramanda said.

"In 2014, SGO helped local communities affected by major flooding," he said.

Sterling Global Operations, headquartered in Lenoir City, Tenn., is an employee-owned stability operations company employing approximately 5,500 professionals worldwide. The company serves customers with munitions response; intelligence support; logistics; risk management and other services in some of the world's most austere and hostile environments. The company's website is

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