Basketball outreach program Giants of Africa (GOA) and the Nairobi County Government are intensifying their efforts to boost the sport in Kenya with the construction of a basketball court in Nairobi’s Kibra constituency.
This is the second court being constructed by the organization following the successful installation of a similar facility at Diwopa Catholic Church in Kayole Estate last August.
“Our primary objective is to empower the youth with facilities to develop both physically and socially via sports.
GOA helps with the infrastructure and the county government avails the land and facilitates the tournament,” said GOA Basketball coordinator for Southern and Eastern Africa Abel Nson who spoke at the Nairobi County Governors Basketball Tournament on Sunday.
The weekend long event which took place in Kayole and Mathare featured eight teams from Eastlands through their existing youth programs.
There are plans to roll out the program throughout the rest of Nairobi.
The new court is located at Joseph Kang’ethe Grounds behind Moi Girls High School and is expected to be ready on January 31st.
GOA will also host the finals of the tournament on the same day with the top two teams expected to feature.
“The county government is financially supporting the tournament logistics and facilitation of the tournament and also availed the land the court is being built on,” said Mr. Nson.
“GOA also facilitated a clinic for all the team coaches to ensure that they have the latest basketball knowledge which they will later to impart to their players,” he added.
The tournament is also being used to select Nairobi’s top twenty Under-18 boys who will proceed to a training camp later this year.
International Basketball Federation (FIBA) commissioner and former Kenya Basketball Federation chairman Agina Wesonga hailed GOA’s initiative to construct an additional court.
“Kenya as a country has witnessed the decay and loss of grassroots sporting facilities which in turn has affected the growth of local sports in general.
I’m glad that the county government is working with GOA to ensure that these facilities are restored and our youth get a chance to showcase their talents,” said Mr. Wesonga.
Ms. Tausi Mohammed Chief Sports Officers Nairobi County believes that this initiative will help other areas in Nairobi to commence youth programs of their own.
“It’s our responsibility to ensure that the county youth are involved in activities that will help them develop positive attributes that will guide their lives and benefit their respective communities,” said Ms. Mohammed.