The United States Consulate in Nigeria, in conjunction with the Organized Basketball Network (OBN), trains young Nigerians between the ages of 6 and 18 to play basketball.
Jennifer Foltz, the US consulate’s deputy public affairs officer, revealed this during the opening ceremony of a four-day training program.
Titled “Uplift Africa Youth Through Basketball Camp,” the program targets young boys and girls from underserved communities in Rivers State.
Ms Foltz said the basketball camp would offer 60 participants, aged 6 to 18, the opportunity to learn about the sport, gender-based violence, inclusion of marginalized communities and develop their skills in communication, leadership and teamwork.
She said the sport will have a positive impact on young Nigerians and eliminate gender-based violence in the country.
In his speech, the state governor, Nyesom Wike de Rivers, said the country needs skills and sports to uplift Nigeria and Africa in general.
Mr Wike, who was represented by Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry, said his administration is committed to skills training for young people.
In her response, Obinna Ekezie, Founder of the Organized Basketball Network (OBN), said young Nigerians stand to benefit a lot from sports, emphasizing that it will eliminate gender-based violence in society.
Mr. Ekezie said that sports as a skill will help young Nigerians do well in their education, urging women to take more interest in sports and thanked the United States for supporting the training of young Nigerians .