While the nation was thrown into deep chaos by the inadvertent postponement of the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly General Elections, a Lagos state charity took to the streets to run a basketball training for children.
Ayo Charity Foundation admitted about 60 children around Oworonshoki area in Lagos state, who received basic training in the sport via the charity’s basketball clinic.
Keeping kids away from the street
The event, tagged ‘Valentine Basketball Programme Against Drug Abuse’, was held to call the attention of parents to the importance of keeping children away from the beguiling street life, which has consumed a huge number of children in rural areas today.
Several basketball Nigeria partnered with the Ayo Charity to train and educate the kids on the importance of living a life away from the streets, and someday contributing their due quota to national development.
Besides the valentine event, the technical director of the clinic, coach Awonuga Oladele Simon, said the basketball foundation also holds a special basketball clinic every three months to track the development of the kids in and out of school, and further keep them away from the streets.
“Apart from basketball, we also create a platform to have a good working relationship with the children’s parents and teachers. The foundation is not interested in taking any child abroad to play basketball, but we allow international organisations that want to give the children scholarships in sports or education come to the camp and monitor the children and youths. Our goal is to raise talents in basketball and also build a society that has reliable children that will move the nation forward in future.”
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