Budding players from across the northern region now have an opportunity to learn basketball from some of the best coaches in the game and in an atmosphere devoid of distractions. The setting is the Noah Dallaji Legacy U-17 Basketball Tournament, which is aimed at discovering new talents and giving them opportunity to learn from icons of the game.
Holding at the indoor sports hall of the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, the clinic/competition, which began on Sunday, incorporates a basketball clinic and mentorship session, slam dunk contest, as well as music, dance and comedy.
Popular entertainment icon, AY, is the host of the competition, which also has such musical idols as Yemi Alade, Reekado Banks, Dija and Mr. P. slated to perform on the closing day on August 15.
Supported by African Children Talent Discovery Foundation (ACTDF), the event, according to the organisers, will afford youths of the northern geopolitical zone the opportunity to learn new tricks and how to manage their game in face of challenges associated with the sport.
Speaking on the competition, event sponsor, Noah Dallaji, who is also the founder, African Children Talent Discovery Foundation (ACTDF), said the U-17 competition is part of his programme aimed at providing the platform for talented youths to make the best use of their skills.
Dallaji noted the challenges youths face in developing their talents, but assured that the ACTDF will continue to provide the platform for such talented young people to realise their ambition if they are determined to do so.
He added: “Many Nigerians are talented, and are only waiting to have a platform, a ladder, they can climb and that ladder has come. We are here to show the world that Nigeria will be better.
“So our objective is to support their talents but they need to first be discovered and determined. It’s their choice. This is what we are doing to provide that important ladder to climb and be useful to themselves, their families and country.”
The U-17 Basketball Tournament is part of the Noah Dallaji Legacy Project covering music, entertainment and the arts.