NBA star builds basketball academy in Enugu
Of Magnus EzeEnugu
A USA-based NBA player Ezekiel Tobechukwu Nnaji popularly known as Zeke has established a basketball academy in Agbani, Nkanu West Local Government Area, Enugu State.
The project is part of the Denver Nuggets star’s family foundation in honor of their parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Orji Nnaji.
National Director of the Nnaji Family Foundation, Ms. Felicia Ezeakor, said the facility will be replicated in four other southeastern states.
Consisting of a skills acquisition center and a school, Daily Sun has learned that it will welcome children from eight to 16 years old, giving them everything they need to succeed in studies and basketball .
Chairman of the House Committee on Aviation in the National Assembly, Nnolim Nnaji, who cut the ribbons at the event, said the talent hunt was a real way to empower young people.
He described it as the first of its kind in the state, urging young people in the region to take advantage of the opportunity presented by this life-changing initiative.
The legislature ensured the partnership of state and local government to maximize the facility.
In his virtual remarks at the unveiling ceremony, Zeke said it was part of his contribution to society, noting that organized basketball teaches children life skills such as determination, perseverance, collaboration and learning how to manage failure.
“My family and I believe that athletic and academic engagement is a powerful tool in building children into productive members of our society. We partnered with NBA Africa and the NBA Players Association to build the basketball facility .