Foundation boosts learning, donates basketball court, others to motherless home
The Nigerian Red Cross Society Motherless and Abandoned Babies Home, Makoko, Yaba, Lagos has received a basketball court and other gift items from Ayo Charity Foundation (ACF). This is to help boost the children’s learning experience and further provide an opportunity for those of them who intend to take up basketball professionally in the future.
The foundation also donated basketball game equipment and food items, among others to the home. The children were excited, as they were taught how to play the game by professional coaches last weekend.
Founder, ACF, Ayodeji Egbeyemi, said the foundation was created to provide life-changing opportunities, through the game of basketball, for youths in Africa and around the world.
“The aim is to provide the children with an opportunity to thrive through the game of basketball, which is a tool. It teaches sportsmanship, teamwork, work ethic, and can even improve one’s quality of life. We deliver these opportunities through camps, clinics, and workshops to hopefully provide kids with a chance to chase their dreams,” he said.
Manager ACF, Motunrayo Martins-Odagwe, said: “ACF has built a number of basketball camps within and outside Lagos, to teach kids the lyrics of the game. We want the children to start learning the game at this young age, as it can be a stepping-stone to a successful future beyond imagination.
“Last year, ACF also organised a basketball camp, where 30 young boys were coached at the National Stadium, Iganmu, Lagos for three days. We brought in a number of coaches that trained and mentored the boys. This year, the foundation decided to reach out to the Home, so the children can learn the game, which is why we created a basketball court for them. It is not going to be a one-off thing. We are going to take it upon ourselves to mentor these kids all the way….”
Matron of the Nigerian Red Cross Society Motherless and Abandoned Babies Home, Mrs. Olalu Caroline, who appreciated ACF’s benevolence said the 56-year old Home has been catering to the needs of the abandoned, missing, motherless, and homeless children in the society.
“This initiative is a welcomed one and very timely too, as the children always wanted to engage in sporting activities. It gives them a sense of belonging, such that make them feel loved and important like every child should.”