The current President and Vice Chairman of Canadian basketball team, Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri as stated that his organisation will be building over 100 basketball court in Africa.
Masai Ujiri grew up in Zaria, Nigeria West Africa, his non-profit organisation in 2003, currently run numerous clinic across Africa for youth basketball player, this is part of what his foundation do for African youth and others Africans.
Under the organization’s “Built Within” initiative, over ten new court builds and refurbishments will be unveiled across locations in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso over the next three months. The remaining will be unveiled in years to come, and will be strategically located in underserved communities.
Empowered by the impact the game has had on his own journey, Ujiri co-founded Giants of Africa with aspirations to leverage basketball as a vessel for young boys and girls to Dream Big, and visualize opportunities for their future in Africa and around the world. Since its 2003 launch in Nigeria, the not-for-profit organization has expanded its footprint and programming across the continent and beyond the game. The organization has prioritized skills training and personal development from basketball, health and wellness, to leadership and social impact.
“Since we began investing in the future of sports in Africa over the last two decades, it became clear that camps and programming were not enough to create long-term opportunities for growth in sports,” said Masai Ujiri, president of Giants of Africa, in a press release.
“These public spaces have the power to unite communities, build togetherness and improve quality of life for all people.”
Source: The African Media