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UNICEF partners Akiode for basketball

The United Nations Children Education Fund, UNICEF have joined the Hope 4 Girls project being put together by Nigeria’s former female national team player, Mobolaji Akiode.

According to the coordinator of the project which is enjoying the sponsorship of the Ogun State government, Biola Shomala, UNICEF is hitting the rock city of Abeokuta in style and determined to give the young girls all the support they need to make the difference in their lives.

“UNICEF are coming to Abeokuta with educational materials that would be of great help to the girls because the camp is not just about the game of basketball. The girls will have the opportunity of listening to UNICEF officials who are willing to give them a guide in how to better their lots outside the game of basketball. Aside the materials they are coming with, it’s a big boost for the camp and we thank them for joining us and the Ogun State government to change the mentality of the girls as far as their future is concerned.”

Shomala also revealed that all arrangements are in place for the five American coaches that are due in Nigeria for the camp. Some of the coaches are Adia Revell, Mariana Freeman, Kevin Morris and Karlen Thompson.
Revell , joined ASA Athletics Department as the first ever Head Coach of Women’s basketball. Kevin MORRIS – Entering his eight season as head Women’s basketball and just through with his sixth season as head women’s tennis coach, Kevin Morris has established both programs as contenders.

Karleen THOMPSON – was the former Head Coach and General Manager for the Houston Comets for one season prior to the team folding. Prior to joining the Comets, Thompson spent eight years in the Los Angeles Sparks organization.


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