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Jordan Nwora’s Foundation to host Elite Youth Camps across West Africa

LOUISVILLE, KY - FEBRUARY 19: Jordan Nwora #33 of the Louisville Cardinals looks on during a game against the Syracuse Orange at KFC YUM! Center on February 19, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville defeated Syracuse 90-66. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Nigeria international Jordan Nwora’s Foundation is set to hold four Elite Camps in four West African countries.

The Camp is being put together by D’Tigers players and Nwora, who was recently drafted into the NBA by Milwaukee Bucks.

According to the organisers, participation is absolutely free with 60 boys and 40 girls between the age of 14 and 19 expected at each venue. Interested kids and parents have been advised to contact their Zonal representatives on the NBBF board for more information.

Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Republic will host the kids in order to give them an opportunity to learn from top-notch American coaches assisted by homegrown coaches.

As part of plans for a successful camping exercise targeted at providing platforms for the next generation of basketball players to hone their skills, 100 selected campers in each of the cities will be fed and accommodated. In the first camp to be staged from March 24-26 at Palais des Sports, Treichville in Cote d’Ivoire’s largest city Abidjan, organisers will host campers from Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire.

A week later,  the event will relocate to Nigeria with Camps being held across four cities, namely Abuja (April 5-7, at Stadium Sports Hall),  Gombe (April 9-11, at Sports Hall), Makurdi (April 15-17 Aper Aku Stadium) and Onitsha (April 19-21, at a venue yet to be determined).

Later in April, the event will move to Benin Republic’s capital city of Cotonou for a two-day event from April 23-25.

According to the organisation, campers from Togo, Benin and Niger are expected to attend the camp.

Ghana’s capital Accra will be the Elite Camp’s last stop with the event taking place from April 27-29 at Aviation Social Centre.

Picked by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of last year’s NBA Draft, Nwora has become an important member of the Nigerian national team.

The 2.01m (6ft 7in) small forward has benefitted from coaching and exposure from his younger days by his father Alex Nwora, who led Nigeria to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Camps are expected to encourage participants to focus on educational pursuit and also learn essential life skills involving interpersonal communication skills, leadership and information management, as well as other nutritional values that will help them as athletes in the long run.

Organisers note that based on players’ improvement during the Camps, they will be selected for an All-Star Game and a MVP will be awarded at each venue.

The organisation notes that all Camps will be held under FIBA COVID-19 protocols.

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