By Muhyideen Jimoh
The Hot Coal Basketball Club donated a state-of-the-art computer lab and basketball court to LEA Primary School, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the donations were part of a social intervention program by the Hot Coal Hands of Care project in commemoration of the 2022 Children’s Day celebration.
Club owner Ubon Udoh said the project was inspired by National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member Naomi Kareem.
Udoh noted that the project was one of the foundation’s many social intervention projects and a way for children to access mentorship, learn life skills and imbibe discipline through basketball. .
“First of all, Hot Coal Basketball as an organization has what we call ‘The Hands of Care Project’; this is how we do social development intervention projects because basketball is more than a simple game, but also added value.
“So, in the past, we have embarked on trainings to address some health issues faced by basketball players and also organized intervention programs for orphanages; we have been doing it since 2014.
“So we just had the opportunity to come and do something special here after Naomi (Kareem) approached us to help us donate these facilities to the school as part of her community development department ( CDS).
“So I’m just happy that we were able to put this together,” he said.
Udoh noted that the initial idea was simply to build and provide a computer lab for the school, adding that building the basketball court was an afterthought.
“It might interest you to know that the area where we chose to build the state-of-the-art basketball court was once a garbage dump.
“Originally our intention was to build and fully equip a computer lab for the school, but my attention was drawn to the dump area during our visit to the school and it was not good enough for the school. student hygiene.
“So we got permission from the school principal to clean it up and build this basketball court for the kids and you can see how excited they are about it,” he said.
Udoh assured more support for the school, adding that the importance of completing projects such as these cannot be overstated.
“We are still doing a joint needs assessment of various schools across the country. So we’re going to sit down with the school again and see what they might need.
“We will also determine if this is a project that we can do alone or in partnership with the school and other corporate organizations.
“I think it’s really important that we do things like this. It’s more than just a basketball court.
“It’s a place where children can dream, where they can believe in themselves, learn to have self-confidence and build their self-esteem.
“It’s a safe psychological and physical space for them to grow and be nurtured by basketball,” he added.
Mrs. Grace Morenike, Principal of the school, said the project inspired by Kareem was the result of an awareness program launched by the school management to encourage the community to contribute to the development of the school.
“Initially, when I arrived at the school, I decided with the school management to undertake a School Management Committee project.
“It’s an avenue we use to engage community members, parents as well as members of the body who usually hold their CDS here, to get involved and contribute to the development of the school.”
“That’s how Kareem was inspired to help bring this wonderful development to the school through the Hot Coal Basketball Hands Care Foundation.
“We are indeed very grateful to the owner who has indeed proven himself to be a great philanthropist,” she said.
Kareem, a serving member of the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), said she chose to embark on the project because of her love for humanity. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Idris Abdulraman