Former WNBA player and member of the Detroit Shock team that won the 2008 WNBA Championship, Olayinka Sanni, hosted kids to a skills development and leadership training camp at Rowe Park Yaba, Lagos last Friday.
Forty kids participated at the inaugural edition of the camp, which the host promised would be an annual affair. The campers were put through requisite and fundamental skills of basketball by coaches and instructors drawn from different basketball academies in Lagos State.
Sanni, who resides in Chicago, USA and has represented the Nigerian national team, D’Tigress, at several international tournaments told BWB that the idea to set up a camp in Lagos was borne out of the need to sow seeds in her home country, emphasizing that Nigeria has an abundance of talents with the potential to shine if given the right opportunities.
Outstanding campers were selected during the course of the different sessions at the camp and were rewarded with certificates signifying their impressive performance.
Sanni said that she hopes the next edition and subsequent ones would be bigger to accommodate more kids and create room for broader development. She noted that the administration of the state has been keen on youth and sports development and it is important that the task is not left alone for the government to bear, adding that private individuals also have a vital role to play towards the goal.