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Raptors’ Masai Ujiri helps build 100 basketball courts in Africa

Toronto Raptors President and Vice President Masai Ujiri has announced that his Giants of Africa Foundation will build 100 basketball courts on his home continent.

Ujiri, who grew up in Zaria, Nigeria, founded the non-profit organization in 2003 and has run numerous clinics across Africa for young basketball players since its founding.

“Since we began investing in the future of sport in Africa over the past two decades, it has become clear that camps and programming were not enough to create long-term growth opportunities in sport. “, said Masai Ujiri, president of Giants of Africa, in a press release. “These public spaces have the power to unite communities, create unity and improve the quality of life for all.”

Giants of Africa has released a video of the 11 courts that have already been built so far, which are expected to be unveiled over the next few months at locations in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.

The courts will be “strategically located in underserved communities”.

“Athletics can not only play a role in shaping the lives of future generations, it can also build entire communities,” said Lauren Gillian, Director of Partnerships and Community Relations at Sport Court, which helps provide equipment for the courts. “We are delighted to partner with Giants of Africa as they strive to increase long-term access to the power of sport for young people across Africa.”