Executive chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Sola Aiyepeku, commended the AFD, NBA Africa, and others for making the project a reality, assuring that the refurbished basketball court would be put to great use for young basketballers and maintained for posterity.
Global bodies, NBA Africa and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have unveiled a newly refurbished basketball court at the Campos Stadium as part of the Jr. NBA & AFD basketball experience program in Lagos.
2003 WNBA Champion, Astou Ndiaye, who trained the seventy boys and girls said, “I am thrilled to be back in Nigeria and take part in the Jr. NBA & AFD Basketball Experience in Lagos. Sport has the power to change lives and I hope this new basketball court will inspire more young people to play the game, stay active, and learn from each other as their development continues through this initiative and beyond.”
The unveiling ceremony was attended by French Ambassador to Nigeria, Emmanuelle Blatmann; Consul General of France in Lagos, Laurent Favier; AFD Director for Nigeria, Xavier Muron; NBA Africa VP and Country Head of NBA Nigeria, Gbemisola Abudu; 2003 WNBA Champion, Astou Ndiaye; and Dream Sports Africa Founder & CEO, Chenfa Dombin. Following the court unveiling, NBA Africa & AFD hosted a Jr. NBA clinic for seventy boys and girls to celebrate the newly refurbished court.
“Today marks a significant milestone in our collaboration with Nigeria, as we inaugurate this basketball court. Sports have the power to unite people, and this project exemplifies the strong ties between France, AFD, and Nigeria in promoting youth empowerment and skill development through sport. I am convinced that having this dedicated sharing space will enable young girls and boys to become changemakers in their local communities,” says Blatmann.
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