Ten outstanding participants were given scholarships to study and play basketball in the United States of America (USA) and Nigeria this season at the end of the Yusuf Yakubu All American Basketball Tournament and Camp for Girls.
Two boys and three girls were given the United States of America Scholarship as three other boys and two girls also received scholarships to study in Nigeria.
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The basketball tournament, which was organised by the Mentoring All Nations Globally Foundation (MANGO INC) saw over 200 boys in the competition tagged Mango basketball clinic while over 350 for the girl child empowerment basketball clinic held at the KadaKings Basketball Courts Ungwan Sunday in Kaduna State recently.
According to the Founder of the MANGO Foundation, Yusuf Yakubu, while speaking on the foundation annual camp, Yakubu said his foundation would continue to collaborate with schools in the United States of America to expose more Nigerian talents to get the scholarship from American colleges and also go on to play in money-spinning America Basketball Association (NBA) league.
“My aim as the founder is to empower kids through MANGO INC Foundation with scholarships to study both in Nigeria and overseas, in conducive academic classrooms, provide good water for the community, empower girl child through sports, academic focus, a mental breakdown on how successful every girl child can be, help the girl in boosting their self-esteem, be able to provide the necessary provision for widows and widowers all around the globe not just in Nigeria,” he said.
The Elizabeth City State University student, Yakubu who is among the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) commended his coach Shawn Walker for his continuous support to his basketball career.