The 2013 Ghana Basketball and Leadership camp may have ended few weeks ago, but the memoirs linger on.
The event which took place in Ghana for the first time is Rite Multimedia’s basketball and development program that uses the sport to create positive social change in players as well as enhancing their capacity.
Three weeks after the flourishing event concluded at Penfield School in Accra, parents and the campers have expressed their delight with the successful hosting of the event.
The event attracted many icons including the three-time WBC Super featherweight champion, Professor Azumah Nelson who offered an insightful advice to the over 50 campers who gathered at Oyarifa, a suburb of Accra.
The six-day clinic featured skills stations that focused on basketball fundamentals, including dribbling, passing and shooting, followed by a special meet and greet with legends.
The clinic also focused on work ethic, health issues and decision-making. They also focused on the off-the-court challenges that campers should be prepared for, which they illustrated through personal anecdotes.
Ghanaian iconic Ghanaian boxer Azumah Nelson shared few words of wisdom telling campers: “Keep yourself in a safe environment, stay around people, be discipline, focus and think about the decision that you make’
Fair play, tolerance and the values that sports can demonstrate were some of the things that the session focused on.
“Sports can make you a better person, sports make you stronger and so you must take advantage of the game to improve yourself,” Penfield proprietor Samuel Anim advised the campers.
The camp also served as an avenue for campers to meet different people, socialize and fraternize in order for them to have a deeper knowledge on the psyche of individual framework.
The campers received an overview of the camp and its goals. The campers then asked questions, ranging from the things that can make a person a better player. American coach Clifton Johnson helped lead the discussion and advised the group that self-motivation is key and emphasized the importance of watching you eat and taking care of your body.
“We felt the importance of bringing our young people together in a positive way through the unifying nature of sports, which was the genesis of Ghana Basketball and Leadership Camp,” said Rite Multimedia chief Executive Yaw Sakyi Afari.
“We think the clinic is a great vehicle through which to teach tolerance and mutual respect. I am amazed at how the programme was organized.
The Ghana Basketball and Leadership Camp embodies the Federation’s commitment to growing the game of basketball in the West African country
Campers received top-level instruction on-court and participate in daily life-skills seminars focused on values of the game such as leadership, character development, and living a healthy lifestyle.
The ultimate goal of providing young players the opportunity and tools to improve and showcase their basketball skills by learning from some of the best players and coaches around have been attained.
Many more players are now looking ahead to the future with brighter hopes.