The Technical Director, Hoop Dreams, Naija, Barrister Damola Awosika has called on children to actively participate in sporting activities with a view to excel in their favourite sport activities.
He made this call at the opening ceremony of the maiden edition of six months instructional Basket Ball Training designed for boys and girls of age eight and eighteen held at the Out Door Basket Ball Court, Adamasingba, Ibadan.
The programme slated for Friday’s and Saturday’s of the week packaged by Hoop Dreams, Naija and Association of Basket Ball Coaches, Oyo State is designed to provide opportunities for the children to grow socially, physically, morally and mentally.
Awosika, mentioned that participants stand the chance to learn, live and improve, as seasoned coaches will be on ground to take them through the rigours of the game, while scholarship awaits outstanding players at the end of the programme.
Barrister Awosika who was a former captain of Oluyole Warriors basketball team enjoined the players to participate in training sessions regularly and endeavour to be the best in their various schools.
In his remarks, Oyo State Director of Sports and Training, Mr. Tunde Popoola, said the basketball clinic will create avenue to secure sponsors for state competitions and assist participants in building a career in basketball, which will expose them to series of competitions as the programme progresses.
While commending the facilitator for his passion and support for the game, Mr. Popoola, noted that technical support will be rendered at all times towards achieving the objectives of the programme.
Also speaking, The Technical Director, Nigeria Basketball Federation, Mr. Agboola Pinheiro, urged the facilitator to extend the programme to other states of the federation, promising to work with the organization in its quest to take the programme to the next level.
Earlier in his address of welcome, Professor Yomi Awosika, Father of the initiator, Barrister Damola Awosika, expressed happiness over the project and implored the officials to run the event according to laid down rules to make it remarkable.
The event was rounded off with an exhibition match between Hoop Dreams Academy and Youth Alive Academy from Lagos state, which led to selection of ten promising players who went home with two pairs of playing shoes each donated by ‘Samaritan Fit’ an American based organization.