Port Harcourt, South-South Nigeria will host the opening ceremony of the OlympAfrica Basketball Net on Saturday August 19.
Basketball Net is a summer sports education programme for young students between the ages of 10 – 16, powered by OlympAfrica, a sporting non-governmental organization, established by the IOC which encourages young people to continue sporting activities along with their education.
The University of Port Harcourt centre of OlympAfrica are the brains behind this first edition of Basketball Net which will, among other things give coaching clinics, seminars and competition to hundreds of teenagers and school children.
“There is a small difference between the type of games organized by OlympAfrica and that of other sporting organizations. For OlympAfrica, it is important that both boys and girls participate together,” Chukwuemeka Agi, Phd Director at UniPort’s Sporting Insistute told ACLSports on Friday.
Based on the uniqueness of OlympAfrica tournaments, the girl child is given utmost priority, reason for this Agi said is the often overlooked importance they have in nation building.
“The essence is, we recognize that when you educate a girl child, you educate a village.
“When you improve the education and participation of a female child, it rubs off on the society. So, in this Basketball Net, both male and female play together. No inferiority complex, no gender discrimination.”