Samuel Oguche, former basketball international, and founder of the Samuel Oguche Basketball Foundation, says everything is set to host one of the largest basketball camps to empower youth on the grassroots in December.
Oguche, a leading basketball youth development expert, made this known to the Nigerian News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said the foundation would partner with Governor Yahaya Bello Basketball Youth Empowerment (GYBBYE) to reach more than 1,000 youth across the country from December 15-18 in Kogi.
“Kogi Basketball Camp is basically meant to empower our abundant youth at the grassroots, and to this end, we decided to organize this very important camp in the city of Confluence.
“We will collaborate with many of our friends and sponsors to invite a couple of teams from Abuja, Lagos, from all over the country so that people can come together for the three-day tournament and the children’s camp.
“The project, which is not limited to just one part of the country, is aimed at guiding children and getting young people off the streets.
“We have taken our camps to all geopolitical areas of the country and we hope that children from Kogi and its surroundings will participate,” he said.
The newly renovated basketball court at the Federal University of Technology, Lokoja, entrusted to the Governor of Kogi State, Hajia Rashida Bello
Oguche said Governor Yahaya Bello was using the basketball to get children off the streets, adding that the governor recently renovated and commissioned a basketball court in the state ahead of the event.
“The project, which is intended to guide children, is our little way of giving back to society and we are happy that Governor Bello is buying that.
“The governor’s wife, Hajia Rashida Bello, has also supported the long-awaited GYB youth empowerment basketball tournament to be held in Lokoja.
“She, over the weekend, commissioned a newly renovated basketball court at the Federal University of Technology, Lokoja, which is expected to host the GYB youth empowerment competition,” he said.
Oguche also hinted that a popular energy drink would be supporting the upcoming basketball camp in Kogi state.
“Bullet Energy drinks will help us do these things and they have always been a worthy partner,” he said.
Igoche Mark, president of the Abuja Mark Mentors basketball team and one of the program’s sponsors, said he was excited to be associated with what the Samuel Oguche Basketball Foundation was doing in the country.
She noted that she was very passionate about grassroots development and youth empowerment, adding that the good work that was being done was worth supporting.
Mark, who is also competing for a ticket to represent the North Central Zone ahead of elections on the new board of the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF), emphasized that his goal was the development of grassroots basketball.
“I would like to focus on developing grassroots basketball because I believe in catching them young.
“I also believe that once we have enough basketball courts available in the country, more young people will become interested in the game.
“So, this is my passion and what has continued to drive me to support any program like the one being put together by the Oguche Foundation,” he said.
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