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Foundation to build 100 basketball courts in Africa – Official



Foundation to build 100 basketball courts in Africa – Official

By Babatunde Ogunrinde

Masai Ujiri, owner of the Giant of Africa Basketball Foundation, announced Wednesday his determination to build no less than 100 basketball courts across Africa.

Ujiri said so in Lagos at the unveiling of the new Ilupeju Grammar School basketball courts and three others.

Earlier, the same ceremony was held at Ijeshatedo High School, Oworonsoki Community Park, and Ilupeju basketball courts currently used by the Warriors Basketball Club.

An elated Ujiri said the essence of providing basketball courts is to nurture talent and develop future champions for Nigeria and the rest of Africa.

“This is a great day for us, as it has been in preparation for many years; we want to take the opportunity to reach many young people who love basketball.

“We are also taking the initiative in other African countries like Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Senegal and beyond,” Ujiri said, adding that the many schools on the ground would play along and participate in competitions that would sharpen their skills. and deepen their knowledge of the game.

“We’re excited to bring facilities like this closer to aspiring young students, as they would be motivated to step onto the courts, train and develop in the game.

“We want to focus on infrastructure, building basketball camps, and we are also focusing on the Giant of Africa festival which will take place next year in Rwanda,” Ujiri said.

Kanu Nwankwo, former Nigerian international football player, a surprise guest at the ceremony, expressed his joy at Ujiri’s initiative.

“It’s a good thing for us to see this kind of development as it would go a long way in encouraging avid basketball players to love the game and work hard.

“Young people have no other excuse than to train and do their best, to grow in the knowledge of the game, indeed it is a great development for Africa and I am proud to be here .

“Someday we would be celebrating one player or even many developed players on this pitch and I urge players to take the opportunity they have,” said Nwankwo.

Afro-hip hop sensation David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, was also the guest of the unveiling ceremony and he raved about the Giant of Africa Foundation project.

“I am delighted to be here indeed, building infrastructure like this would go a long way in developing the budding talent that abounds.

“Personally, I have always believed that this is not all we need to count on government and I am proud to be here today to lend my support.

“I hope we can have a lot more good people like Masai Ujiri to do big projects in sport because we need people like him who invest in music and other sectors that can develop the youth of Nigeria.” , Davido said.

Ilupeju’s Onipeju, Chef Bisade Philips, who was also the guest of the unveiling ceremony, said he was very happy with what was happening in front of him; delighted to be present at the event to witness the ceremony himself.

He praised the owner of the Giant Of Africa initiative as he believed it would bring greater development to basketball and the community as a whole.

Ujiri, a former national team player, became a recruiter in 2002, first for the Orlando Magic and then for the United States Denver Nuggets, in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

He has worked with the backstage staff of Canada’s Toronto Raptors, reaching the ranks of general manager of the Denver Nuggets and contributing to the development of the game in several locations, while also researching players for various clubs.

He is currently Vice President and President of the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club of Canada where, through his leadership skills, he helped the team win their very first NBA Championship trophy of 2019.

Source: NAN

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