By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
No fewer than 195 girls between the ages of 12 to 18 and 20 instructors are participating in the first 2019 One Win Foundation Basketball Camp solely sponsored by the United States (US) Embassy in Abuja, ongoing at the Federal Cooperative College, Kaduna.
CEO/Founder of One Win Foundation, Coach Nnorom Mark Christiana aka Carter disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday June 8, 2019, on the sidelines of activities of the camp.
According to her, the camp which started in April will be ending this month.
Coach Carter said, “We have 195 girls, higher than what we had last year. The camp started April and is ending in June. We have 20 coaches, senior coaches, coach players and volunteers.”
According to her, the theme of this year is “Girls Speak Up” which she said, “Is For them to know their rights. Gender inequality is depriving them rights but if they speak up they would fare better in the society,” she added.
Speaking further, she said that besides the basketball courts action, they are also taught life skills and academics.
“We include academic session to the camp. We have added two more subjects to maths and English which were taught last year. They also receive Computer and biology lessons thus year,” she disclosed.
“Thank God for the US Embassy Abuja. They have been helpful. They have impacted in the lives of the girls,” she said.
Also speaking, Chief Instructor, Coach James Fungen said that the girls have improved their basketball skills tremendously.
“Honesty to a great extent there is a lot of improvement from what we are getting on these kids. Moral wise, we are also seeing great improvement from it them.
“In terms of the play, we have gone to the extent that we took these kids out for friendly games.
“The first game they played was against ABU female team and they were confident. In no time I believe we should be able to have formidable teams from the three categories at this camp,” he added.
In her words, Victoria Elias, 12 years old, featuring in the Mini Category of the camp thanked the US Embassy and One Win Foundation.
“First time I came here, I couldn’t bounce a ball but now I play. I have made friends,” she said.
Also speaking, 13-year old JSS 3 student, Stephanie Anayo said that she is happy because she can do a lot of things on the basketball court as a result of skills acquired from the One Win Camp.
“I thank US Embassy, One Win Foundation and Coach Carter. Now I can do many things on the courts,” she said.
Anayo who is in the Cadet Category vowed to invite her friends not there to the camp, to avail them a golden opportunity of learning what she has.
For Emmanuela Adeyemi, 15 years in the Junior Category, she relishes the friendly played with ABU female basketball team, regretting that they lost due to inexperience.
“I am excited that we played friendly with ABU team. I thank Coach Carter because we went to Zaria. First to third quarter we were leading, it was fourth quarter that they won us.
“We are working on our endurance, so that we can stay with our gas till the fourth quarter and win the return match,” she assured.
Commenting on the academic part of the camp, she said she has improved her pronunciation.
“In English, I wasn’t good in pronouncing some words but now I can. In maths, wasn’t good in inequalities and graph but now I can plot graphs very well,” she revealed.
The girls were spotted kitted in branded One Win Foundation shirts and were seen served lunch during break.
The US Embassy has been sponsoring the One Win Camp for the second year running.