The 19th edition of the Olumide Oyedeji basketball camp is set to dunkoff from August 27- September 1st at the Rowe Park, Yaba Lagos.
Over 40,000 kids within the age of 3-18 have participated in the annual programme organised by former D’Tigers captain, Olumide Oyedeji.
Oyedeji basketball camp is set aside to encourage young boys and girls to play basketball, motivate and to teach them the importance of education and morals.
Oyedeji said,“In the last three years all the MVPs from this camp have secured admission into the NBA Academy like Efe in Australia, Joshua is in Senegal, Tobi Samuel will be joining them, Kaffy, Daniel Ochefu who played in the national team last year, Uju Ugoka. Over 100 players have played for the national team in the junior and senior level and over 250 players are in the colleges, high school, while others have gone professional.”
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The Afrobasket champion outlined the programme for the 6-day event to ACLSports.com.
“We will have motivational speech, career talk, they will be taught life after basketball and after sports, importance of self-discipline, respect and other things. It goes beyond basketball, it’s about combining basketball and education.”
The former NBA star said the successes of the programme has outshone the challenges faced in the past years.
“There was a time I met a pilot who was my ex-player on my arrival to Lagos from Dakar. He thanked me so much for impacting on him. I have also met bank managers, engineers, CDQ, Deji Akindele, Rasheedat Sodiq etc. I feel happy to see all these people become something in life. It’s very challenging doing it all alone but I am happy to do it. I hope to get sponsors to come support me it will be great,” Oyedeji stated