Train students in groups on basketball skills, public health

Kasim Sumaina in Abuja

Power Forward Initiative (PFI) and its partners, ExxonMobil, Africare and the National Basketball Association (NBA), continued their training and guidance for secondary school students in Abuja on basketball and public health.

The goal is for students to know how to play the game and also benefit immensely by making a career out of it and promoting their well-being.

Speaking at the event, NBA Africa Vice President/Nigeria Country Head Gbemisola Abudu hinted that the program aims to impart leadership and lifestyle skills to students as part of community development tools.

Abudu said they want to grow the game of basketball in Nigeria and across Africa to empower students.

She added that the skills children have learned in these programs not only enrich their lives, but also the decisions they make. “You might be interested to hear testimonials from several principals who said that students who have been in these programs for years are more focused and do very well.”

According to her, the Power Forward program is about transforming lives and that is what the program stands for and it is part of our business.

She said, “Grassroots basketball is a big mandate for us here in Nigeria. One of our primary mandates is to ensure that basketball is accessible to more boys and girls across the country.

“So not only are kids learning the fundamental baseball skills, but they are developing basketball skills and can also exercise and develop good health, leadership skills and coordination and learn how to work with people. others. All of these skills I’ve mentioned here are not just skills that are applicable right now, but skills that will help them for the rest of their lives.

Speaking in the same spirit, Pan Africare Country Director, Dr. Patrick Adah, Pan Africare is a health organization, which has found a partnership with the sector of private organizations, civil society to impact students and directors can testify to the impact of the project over the years.

He said: “We are not only preparing the future of the players, but also developing our youngsters. And you find out just yesterday, we saw some raw talent talking to us. It is those who have been in the program who express themselves.

“So these projects not only have an impact on basketball, but also on the general development of the students. The coaches have been trained over the last few weeks and you can see the number of coaches there. This gives us provided the opportunity for the project to interface at the highest level with the NBA and people who have played basketball at the highest level.

“These projects provided an opportunity to educate children and expose them to NBA players who left a mark in basketball and encouraged them to play the best basketball and develop their skills,” Adah said.

He therefore appreciated the Exonmobil foundation, NBA Africa, for finding Pan Africare worthy of being part of this program.

The list of competing schools includes; Karu Government Secondary School, Zone 3 Government Secondary School, Raberto Wuse2 Schools, Asokoro Community Secondary School and Tudun Wada Wuse Zone 4 Government Secondary School.