NAIROBI, Kenya, August 11- Basketball outreach organization Giants of Africa (GOA) in partnership with the Nairobi County Government will open its second basketball court in Nairobi.
The court which is situated in Kibera, will be officially unveiled by the founder of Giants of Africa Mr. Masai Ujiri and Nairobi County Governor Dr. Evans Kidero on August 20th.
GOA who established their first court at Diwopa Catholic Church in Kayole last year will also host their 3rd four day basketball camp at Brookehouse School from August 20-22 that will be overseen by top international coaches.
“Encouraging the dreams of African youth is at the core of what we strive to achieve with Giants of Africa,” said GOA President and Founder Masai Ujiri.
Mr. Ujiri who is also the President and General Manager of the Toronto Raptors added that the camp is being conducted in five other African countries with the aim of helping young African players develop athletically, establish life goals and to refine their fundamental knowledge of the game.
“Basketball is a sport that has become increasingly popular across the globe and we want to support African youth by using basketball as a tool to educate and teach core values such as dedication, discipline and respect for others,” said Ujiri.
“We believe supporting the infrastructure of basketball in Africa through coaches, facilities and camps is imperative to creating opportunities for African youth to play and develop both on and off the court. We are thrilled to be extending our reach to six African countries this year,” he added.
In addition skills coaching, GOA strives to foster participants’ development through life skills education. The organization also conducts local community outreach initiatives in each country it visits.
The other countries hosting the camps are Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Botswana and Senegal.
The team will also be supporting community programs in other countries. They are SEED Academy and Village Pilote in Senegal, The Village of Hope in Ghana, Little Saints Orphanage in Nigeria, Mully Children’s Family in Kenya, Rafiki Club Kigali in Rwanda and the MPULE Foundation in Botswana.
Giants of Africa began hosting camps in Africa 14 years ago. Since the camps inception more than 100 attendees have moved on to high school or university in the United States, with approximately 18 players now professionals in Europe. Modelled after the NBA’s ‘Basketball Without Borders’ initiative, Giants of Africa holds two types of annual camps-Top 50 Camp and Big Man Camp.
The Top 50 Camp focuses on the top fifty kids from across the country and provides campers with three intense days of instruction. The Big Man Camp teaches young athletes at 6-foot-8 and above the basic fundamentals of the game with a focus on running, catching, footwork and shooting.
Giants of Africa summer camps are made possible through the support of partners from across the globe with special thanks to the NBA, Nike, Nestlé Milo, Ecobank, MLSE Foundation, Fortress, Blackberry, MasterCard, Bell and Sportscorp Travel