More than an opportunity to develop basketball skills, Power Forward teaches youth life-long habits such as literacy, health and leadership. The program, which reached nearly 300 youth during its inaugural year, tipped off its second year recently in Abuja, Nigeria.
“Youth who participated in Year One of Power Forward demonstrated an eagerness to learn not only how to improve at basketball, but how to improve their health and opportunities for the future,” said Chenfa Dombin, Africare’s Director of Youth Empowerment and Acting Director of International Programs.
Africare is again joined by partners ExxonMobil and the National Basketball Association. The partners’ goal is to reach another 300 youth through the program this year.
Dombin believes that sports, such as basketball, are an excellent convener to bring youth together in a safe and neutral environment to build relationships and develop long-lasting, sustainable life skills. Goal setting and entrepreneurship are examples of two new themes introduced to this year’s program.
Nigerian-American and WNBA All-Star Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun helped launch of the program’s second phase by visiting with participants at 10 high schools in and around Abuja. The program will culminate in a 2015 Boys and Girls Power Forward final game.