Power Forward youth empowerment program concludes in Abuja

The 2017 finals of the ExxonMobil Foundation-sponsored Power Forward basketball competition recently took place in Abuja, organized in partnership with Africare and the U.S. National Basketball Association.

Oct. 9, 2018

Nigel Cookey-Gam speaking at Power Forward event.
Photo — Nigel Cookey-Gam, Government Relations Manager, during his remarks.

The Power Forward project, implemented by ExxonMobil, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Africare is aimed at fostering youth development through sports, life skills and raising public-health awareness among high school youth in Abuja, Nigeria.

The 2017 finals event also featured a stakeholder's dinner, boys' and girls' championship games, a malaria testing station, public-health awareness activations at the IDP camp in Kuchigoro as well as performances from an NBA Dunk Squad (9 Air Elite) and local musical artistes.

NBA legend Jerome "Junkyard Dog" Williams, who played for the Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks during his nine-year tenure, participated in all finals activities.