Giants of Africa, a foundation dedicated to enriching the lives of African youth through sports, and co-founder Masai Ujiri, Vice Chairman and President of the Toronto Raptors have unveiled four new basketball courts in Lagos, Nigeria.
The new basketball courts unveiled were; Gaskiya College, Egan Grammar School sponsored by the Jess and Scott Lake Foundation, the Ejigbo Mini Stadium in partnership with 2K Foundations and Abesan Mini Stadium.
The four new sites are in addition to the five previously announced locations, totaling nine basketball courts across Nigeria.
With the opening of these new courts, Giants of Africa has built a total of 20 courts in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal since September 2021.
The ‘’Built Within’ initiative, is the foundation’s multi-year 100-court commitment to investing in sports infrastructure across Africa.
Ujiri said: “We continue to be inspired by the youth as well as the communities that are committed to moving Africa forward through sports.”
“While basketball courts are the heart of the ‘Built Within’ initiative, it is about providing valuable life skills to empower the youth, while creating stronger communities and job opportunities on and off the court.”
He continued: “Our goal is to bring social transformation, education and enrichment to the lives of children across the continent and want Africa’s youth to dream big, believing that anything is possible.”
Each court unveiling event had a basketball clinic for 50 boys and girls conducted by local and NBA Giants of Africa coaches, a life skills session, as well as entertainment.