Mr Ejike Ugboaja, a board member of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), has recommended Sen. David Mark for the donation of a brand new courtroom for the internet hosting of annual Mark d’Ball basketball competitors in Otukpo, Benue State.
Ugboaja who performed high flight basketball within the U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday on the ongoing 2017 Mark d’Ball match in Otukpo.
Mark donated the sector to the organisers of Mark d’Ball following the eviction discover served on the match mangers in December 2016 to vacate their former venue, the Otukpo Sports Club.
According to Ugboaja, the gesture by Mark exhibits that the previous Senate President believes strongly in youth empowerment and the event of sports activities within the nation.
“I’m extremely impressed with this model new basketball courtroom which is able to serve the individuals of Otukpo and Nigeria normally.
“Actually, the place they have been utilizing earlier than was very small however there may be sufficient area on this enviornment for infrastructure and it’s a massive leap for basketball growth in Nigeria.
“Everybody is glad for this new feat and we hope to see extra particularly the indoor sports activities corridor Senator Mark and the Manager of Mark d’Ball, my good pal Igoche Mark, have assured to construct.
“What I owe the Mark’s family is to make sure I am in Otukpo every year for Mark d’Ball, and I will keep doing this as long as God gives me live,” Ugboaja stated.
He famous that his pet undertaking “The Ejike Ugboaja Foundation”, which has a duty of sponsoring the schooling of youngsters prepared to play basketball oversees, had a lot in widespread with Mark d’Ball.
“This is how Ejike Ugboaja Foundation is; we love to teach kids how to play basketball, so, I really give the organisers of Mark d’Ball a big applause for doing wonderful things,” he stated.
Ugboaja added that as at this yr, his basis had 14 college students’ overseas education and taking part in basketball.
He additionally advised NAN that as gamers’ consultant within the NBBF, he would make sure that the advantages from Mark d’Ball match have been replicated within the basketball federation for the event of gamers.