Former D’Tigers star Tonye Jekiri, has concluded arrangements with a Non-Governmental Organisation, under the aegis of Athletes for Peace and Re-Orientation Initiative to host a basketball tournament in Port Harcourt.
The tournament which is a Port Harcourt City basketball challenge, is tagged: ‘Time to Give back’ will hold from March 9th-13th,2022.
He will also host Season 1 of the ‘Tonye Jekiri Time to Give Back’ Basketball camp/ clinic between April 6- 8, 2022.
Tonye Jekiri, a product and alumni of the DA-F Basketball program is a graduate of the University of Miami, also played at club level, for Oostend in Belgium, Asvel of France, Baskonia in Spain and is currently with Unics Karzan.
According to a press release made available to newsmen by Coach Fubara Onyanabo, the Port Harcourt City Challenge, slated to hold from March 9-13 will feature 10 teams and each of the teams will get free basketball uniforms, as well as, cash prizes for the winning teams.
Some of the interesting features in the tournament wound include dunking, three points and free throw contest. There will also be a veteran’s showcase.
The ‘Time to give back’ Basketball clinic will accommodate over 150 kids between the ages of 7-15. They will receive free branded and reversible basketball uniforms.
“This clinic will feature skill development, teaching of life skills and a mini championship. Outstanding participants will all be rewarded. ‘The Tonye Jekiri Basketball challenge and Time to Give Back Clinic’, is the first in the country where every category of basketball players will participate.
“On behalf of the basketball community, I want to specially Tonye Jekiri, for coming back to give to his community, city state and the game we all love,” Onyanabo remarked.