NBA Africa, others kick off school basketball campaign

As part of activities marking the launch of the 2022 Power Forward basketball season, the National Basketball Association (NBA Africa), Exxon Mobil Foundation and Pan Africa began a tour of schools in the Federal Capital Territory on Wednesday.
The outing, which began at Kubwa Government Secondary School, brought together students, especially those involved in basketball, from FCT schools including Government Day Secondary School, Dutse, Total Child Model School, Dutse , as well as students from the host school.
The delighted students attended a life skills seminar hosted by former NBA player Olumide Oyedeji, after which they participated in a tree-planting exercise.
The Power Forward line of activities, organizers said, aimed to build the capacity of young people as part of their contributions to sport development and a greener sustainable environment.
Vice President, NBA Africa and Country Head, NBA Nigeria, Gbemisola Abudu, explained that the annual program, now in its ninth round, is designed to improve the ability of students in basketball techniques and the program of the NBA Junior Program relevant to a successful career in the sport.
The program also aims to ensure that basketball is widely accepted by FCT children so that they can benefit from all the skills inherent in the game.
In addition to training and mentoring seminars, students also participated in tree planting around the school environment.
The NBA boss added that the association is environmentally conscious and sees tree planting as highly relevant to the overall development of humanity.
She said, “NBA, being part of the tree planting is because we know how important it is to preserve the environment. So that’s part of what we do. When you talk about the Power Forward program, it includes health, environment, as well as life skills capacity building.
For PanAfricare Nigeria Country Director, Dr. Patrick Adah, the program was part of the implementation of the Power Forward Projects, which he said aims to use basketball as a platform to teach youth the skills of life and other related lessons.
“It is the season when we celebrate World Environment Day, so we have embarked on a tree planting exercise. We all know the importance of trees for the environment and the earth.

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