The 18th edition of the Olumide Oyedeji Basketball Camp will open at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos from August 28, 2017, 9am to 3pm daily. The open camp for young players is part of the programmes of the Olumide Oyedeji Foundation which started in the year 2000. Over the years, more […]
This year’s edition of Olumide Oyedeji Basketball Camp will hold from August 22 to 27 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos. The basketball camp which enters its 17th edition is one of the various programmes of the Olumide Oyedeji Youth Foundation channeled towards the development and empowerment of youth. The […]
Long time captain of the Nigeria national team, Olumide Oyedeji is set to launch the Olumide Oyedeji Intercollegiate Basketball championship as part of his advocacy for sport men to get sound education along with playing professional sports. The initiative adds to the D’Tigers’ captains annual give back programme the Olumide Oyedeji Basketball Camp.
The veteran Nigeria captain disclosed that the motivation behind this “Stay in School” campaign is to stress the need for education among sport men particularly basketball players and to revive the culture of School sports programme at the tertiary level which helped him on his way to becoming a Pro athlete.
“It’s worrying to know that a lot of professional sport men in Nigeria today have little or no tertiary education. Sports only lasts for a short period of time and when it’s gone what do you fall back on”
“We need to create a scenario where going to school and playing sports is attractive that’s why I have decided to start from my constituency which is Basketball by creating a competition amongst the best tertiary institutions in Nigeria be it University, College of Education or Polytechnic”.
“I remember those years when I played in the Nigerian league, a bulk of us usually met at the NUGA games and that’s why even those who are retired now are all doing good wherever they are in the world”.
The Intercollegiate basketball championship is said to feature top tertiary institutions representing the Nigeria University Games (NUGA), Nigeria Polytechnic Games (NIPOGA) and the Nigeria College of Education Games (NACEGA), come September and in addition to the Annual Olumide Oyedeji Basketball camp for kids which also comes up in September. Details about both developmental projects will be released in due course.