Ruthie Bolton headlines Akiode’s Hope4girls camp
Former Nigeria Basketball international, Mobolaji Akiode’s Hope4 girls Africa returns to Lagos on August 21st-24th with a national leadership camp in conjunction with the US consulate
The one-week camp features 60 girls, all under 17 from all over Nigeria is also supported clothing donations from Victoria secret pink and Adidas and will include basketball, Leadership training, and sexual abuse mentoring, key programs that help the overall positive development of the girl child. The girls will spend a week bonding, making new friends, and engaging in various activities that range from listening to inspiring speakers to fun activities outside of basketball.
WNBA legend, Ruthie Bolton will spearhead this program and she will be making her first trip to the continent. Ruthie was invited not just because of her wealth of basketball knowledge, but her energy and inspiring message that she passes around to young girls as an inspirational speaker.
There will also be an all-star game for all girls to come and experience the beautiful game of basketball. The all star game is on Saturday August 24th at Rowe Park Yaba start time noon and fans can win prizes.
Mobolaji Akiode told supersport.com that “H4G has in its short time had various accomplishments and has grown to really be an all inclusive community program for all types of girls. “
“Currently under the h4g Academy, we have started to work with deaf and dumb girls to continue to champion basketball not just as a talent sport but one for developing community relationships, inclusion and diversity amongst its participants. With our partnership with Ovie Brume Foundation, we have been able to expose our academy girls to developmental programs that go beyond the sport. “
“Our goal is to be a positive influence in their daily lives and continue to inspire them to do well in school and in life.”
Akiode is particularly thrilled to welcome one of the first beneficiaries of the programme to this year’s camp.
“H4G also has supported 5 girls to the US, and Uju Ugoka will be the first to graduate from Virginia tech in 2014.”
“Uju Ugoka will also be taking part as a role model in the camp. Another aspect h4g really tries to bring home is creating future role models to help serve the communities they came from. Not too many people are focused on developing the girl-child especially through sport, but we want to change that and encourage female leadership.”