The 19th Olumide Oyedeji Summer Basketball Camp will begin on August 27 at Rowe Park, Yaba, Lagos and roll until September 1st.
Organsier and sponsor of the programme, former national team, D’Tigers captain, Olumide Oyedeji said the camp is open to from ages three to 18, with over 40,000 having already participated in the annual project over the eyars.
The Afrobasket champion outlined the programme for the 6-day camp, which he said is set aside to encourage young boys and girls to play basketball, motivate them and to teach the importance of education and morals for their lives.
The former NBA star said successes of the programme belie challenges faced in the past years, adding: “It goes beyond basketball, it’s about combining basketball and education.
“We will have motivational speech, career talk, they will be taught life after basketball and after sports, importance of self-discipline, respect and other things.
“There was a time I met a pilot who was my ex-player on my arrival to Lagos from Dakar. He thanked me so much for impacting on him.
“I have also met bank managers, engineers, CDQ, Deji Akindele, Rasheedat Sodiq etc. I feel happy to see all these people become something in life.
“It’s very challenging doing it all alone but I am happy to do it. I hope to get sponsors to come support me it will be great.
“In the last three years all the MVPs from this camp have secured admission into the NBA Academy like Efe in Australia, Joshua is in Senegal, Tobi Samuel will be joining them, Kaffy, Daniel Ochefu who played in the national team last year, UjuUgoka.
“Over 100 players have played for the national team in the junior and senior level and over 250 players are in the colleges, high school, while others have gone professional.”