The Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges basketball Championship (UPAC) begins this Saturday March 26, 2011 at the Nkrumah basketball court, University of Cape Coast.
For the first time in the history of basketball in Ghana, Public and Private Universities together with Polytechnics will have the singular honour to play basketball under one big name, UPAC.
The maiden edition of the UPAC Championship would be sponsored by telecommunications giants TIGO and produced by RITE Multimedia, an event management company directly involved with the development and promotion of basketball in the country.
Twelve 12 selected Universities and Polytechnics will participate in the Championship which will be played on zonal basis, spanning, March 26 through to April, 9 2011.
Lawrence Nartey Kornor, Head of Production at Rite Multimedia, told basketballghana that the move is to create a consistent and a competitive basketball system across the educational ladder, from basic school through to the tertiary levels.
‘‘This new initiative is in line with Rite Multimedia’s plan to make basketball accessible and competitive as it exists in other parts of the world’’.
Kornor said the initiative is expected to create a unique opportunity for students to drive their passion through basketball, unleash energy and display a high sense of team work and to develop the can-do-attitude.
The championship will see zone A comprising institutions from the Western and Central regions made up of University of Education, University of Cape Coast, Takoradi Polytechnic and Cape Coast Polytechnic making up the number.
Zone B will see Accra Polytechnic, Central University College, University of Ghana and Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) locking horns at the University of Ghana main basketball court on April 2.
In Zone C Kumasi Polytechnic will play host to Sunyani Polytechnic, Garden City University, and Christian Service University on April 9.
The 2011 UPAC championship is brought to you by communication giants TIGO and organised by Rite Multimedia
The grand finale will be staged in Accra on April 16 with two teams from each zone battling for the TIGO branded trophy and the bragging rights.