150 girls for AdaMark Abuja Bas­ket­ball Camp

Daily Trust - - OPINION - By Joshua Odeyemi

No fewer than 150 girls in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) will par­tic­i­pate in the third edi­tion of the AdaMark Bas­ket Camp, open­ing on 1st of Au­gust, 2016 at the Abuja Na­tional Sta­dium, or­gan­iser has dis­closed.

While ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence at the sta­dium yes­ter­day, the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of AdaMark Foun­da­tion for Girl­sor­gan­iser of the camp, Mrs. AdaMark Og­bole said only girls within the age bracket of 8 and 18 are el­i­gi­ble to take part in the one-week camp.

Mrs. Og­bole who re­vealed that regis­tra­tion is free, said play­ers will be ad­mit­ted on a “first come, first serve ba­sis.”

The camp­ing ex­er­cise with the theme: “Step it up for gen­der equal­ity” is aimed at teach­ing the girls sound fun­da­men­tal bas­ket­ball and life skills re­gard­less of abil­ity and age, ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­iser.

She said the over­all ob­jec­tive of the camp is to en­cour­age girls to take to bas­ket­ball which, ac­cord­ing to her, will ul­ti­mately im­prove fe­male bas­ket­ball in the coun­try.

“We want to en­sure that we al­low girls to be girls and that is why this year’s edi­tion is only for girls,” she stressed.

Mrs. Og­bole, who said she is an ad­vo­cate of fe­male ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try, dis­closed that her foun­da­tion has a bur­sary sys­tem in place to help less priv­i­leged fe­male bas­ket­ball play­ers go to school.

She said out­stand­ing campers will re­ceive gift items to en­cour­age them to con­tinue im­prov­ing in the game, adding that “we know that life is about com­pe­ti­tion, so we want to make the girls com­pet­i­tive.”

Also speak­ing at the Press Con­fer­ence, the Pres­i­dent of Nige­ria Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NBBF), Ti­jani Umar who com­mended the organisers, promised to con­tinue pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal sup­ports for such good ini­tia­tives as they are in tan­dem with the fed­er­a­tion’s ob­jec­tives.

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