‘Power Forward’ has been launched by The National Basketball Association (NBA), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), Africare and ExxonMobil. Power Forward is a youth engagement initiative which will use basketball to develop health, leadership and life skills in Nigeria. Nigerian native and Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, fellow countryman and former NBA player Obinna Ekezie and three time WNBA champion Swin Cash joined leading Nigerian government officials in tipping off the program on 19th November with a two day lunch in Abuja.
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‘Young people are the future of our country. The Power Forward initiative will teach young Nigerians teamwork, communication and persistence, the same skills they need to grow into future leaders in their communities,’ said Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, Nigerian Minister of Sports and Supervising Minister for Youth Development.
Amandou Gallo Fall, NBA Vice President, Development Africa said, ‘Nigeria’s vibrant youth and sports culture makes the country an ideal place to launch this new initiative to equip tomorrow’s leaders with the skills they’ll need to thrive. The NBA and WNBA are committed to working with out partners across Africa to use the power of basketball to positively impact social change. Together with ExxonMobil and Africare, we will promote the core values of our game to help young people learn how to succeed both on and off the court.
Adapted from press release by Claira Lloyd
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