The celebrations of the fifth-season finals of Power Forward tipped off at the National Stadium in Abuja, Nigeria on Wednesday.
The day started with basketball clinics for all the boys and girls participating in the basketball league, followed by a mentorship session led by ExxonMobil.
NBA Legend Jerome Williams and 2003 WNBA Champion Astou Ndiaye conducted the basketball clinics and engaged with the youth throughout the morning. This is Jerome Williams’ second visit to the program in Abuja after he made an appearance at last year’s finals event.
Government Secondary School Karu girls’ team and Glisten Secondary School boys’ team won their respective third-place games.
The highlight of the day was provided at the end when Williams and Ndiaye took it to the court in one-on-one games against selected program participants. It was yet another opportunity for the youngsters to learn basketball fundamentals and spend time with their mentors.
Power Forward, a youth development initiative of ExxonMobil, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the international NGO Africare, teaches health literacy and life skills such as leadership, respect and personal responsibility through basketball and other programming to positively impact secondary school students in Abuja.
The fifth Power Forward season finale will be hosted at the National Stadium in Abuja this Friday. In the girls’ final, Model Secondary School will face Government Secondary School Garki. In the boys’ final, Government Secondary School Airport will take on Government Secondary School Karu.