can confirm NBA and Brooklyn Nets Star Kyrie Irving has donated sneakers to High School Basketball Champions in Ghana.

Mfantsipim Captain Gabriel Hammond (with ball) at Sprite Ball Championship in January, 2020

The top end sneakers are to be given out to Mfantsipim School and Shama Senior High School for winning the 2019-2020 Sprite Ball Championship in the Boys and Girls Division respectively.

Each player (12 in all) on the winning school’s roster gets a pair of the “Kyrie Five” Nike sneakers; the gesture honours a promise the Brooklyn Nets Point Guard made in the aftermath of the celebrated competition in the West African nation.

Shama (violet) at the Sprite Ball in January, 2020

Sprite Ball is Ghana’s biggest High School Basketball competition and has run for over a decade and is organized by award winning firm RITE Sports Limited.

Mfantsipim has dominated the competition after winning five titles while Shama capped a brilliant run in recent years at the tournament by capturing its first ever Sprite Ball title.

Irving is an NBA, World Cup and Olympic Champion and a six time NBA All Star.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter



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