LAGOS (Nigeria) – Nigerian international Jordan Nwora’s Foundation is set to organize four elite camps in four West African countries.
According to the Foundation, the camps will take place in Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Republic, with children having the opportunity to learn from top-level American coaches assisted by local coaches.
Hundreds of campers (60 boys and 40 girls) between the ages of 14 and 18 will be admitted to each venue and the camps will be led by FIBA’s top international coaches from across Africa and from the collegiate ranks.
In the first camp, which will take place from March 24 to 26 at the Palais des Sports de Treichville in Abidjan, the largest city in Côte d’Ivoire, the organizers will welcome campers from Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire.
A week later, the event will move to Nigeria with camps held in four cities, namely Abuja (April 5-7, at Stadium Sports Hall), Gombe (April 9-11, at Sports Hall), Makurdi (15 -April 17 Aper Aku Stadium) and Onitsha (April 19-21, location yet to be determined).
Later in April, the event will move to Cotonou, the capital of the Republic of Benin, for a two-day event from April 23-25.
According to the organization, campers from Togo, Benin and Niger are expected to attend the camp.
Accra, the capital of Ghana, will be the final stop of the elite camp, with the event taking place from April 27-29 at the Aviation Social Centre.
“THE JORDAN NWORA FOUNDATION WORKS TO BRING THE GAME OF BASKETBALL TO ALL AFRICAN CHILDREN.”
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the NBA draft last year, Nwora has become an important member of the Nigerian national team.
The 2.01m (6ft 7in) short forward benefited from the mentoring and exposure of his youth by his father Alex Nwora who led Nigeria to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Nwora believes that with the same exposure, other African children would have better opportunities and fulfill their dreams of playing basketball at the highest level.
Alex Nwora coached Nigeria at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China
According to the Jordan Nwora Foundation, the camps are endorsed by the national basketball federations of Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Benin and Ghana.
According to Jordan’s father, Alex, the camps are meant to help other African children. “The Jordan Nwora Foundation strives to bring basketball closer to every African child. The four countries are just a starting point as it plans to go further in the near future.”
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😎Let’s have fun in #Abidjan, #AbujaNigeria, #Gombe, #Makurdi, #Onitsha, #Cotonou, #Accra! pic.twitter.com/CkuOhgakit
— The Jordanian Nwora Foundation (@NworaFoundation) March 19, 2021
Camps should encourage participants to focus on furthering their education and learning essential life skills involving interpersonal communication skills, leadership and information management, and other nutritional values that will help them as long term athletes.
Organizers note that based on how well players improve during the camps, they will be selected for an All-Star Game and an MVP will be awarded at each site.
The organization notes that all camps will be run under FIBA COVID-19 protocols.