By Sports Reporter
A Basketball Day, held last weekend in Ongwediva, has been hailed as a huge success, after it attracted a huge following.
The theme of the Basketball Day was ‘Education and a healthy lifestyle – basketball for development’. The event was organised by the Namibia Basketball Federation (NBF) Northern Committee.
NBF President Ramah Mumba said that the event was held in Ongwediva to create awareness about the growth of basketball in the North.
The event attracted a total of 150 children, and about 50 adults, who strutted their stuff on the basketball court. As part of the proceedings, police escorted participants during a march down the town’s main road, where they waved their banners and showed off their basketballs. “At the moment, basketball is experiencing huge growth in the Oshana region. Since February, the recently-founded NBF Northern Committee has been establishing several programs in the region,” said Mumba. He said that the initiatives include basketball being played during Grade 5 physical education classes, open programmes for primary and high school children, as well as a primary school and senior league taking place.“It is enormous how fast the sport code is developing in the North.” Mumba said that basketball has a great future, if it keeps on getting support, like it is now. “That is why hosted the Oshana Basketball Day, to raise awareness among children, parents and the government,” he said. NBF Northern Committee President and Development Officer, Pondo Nailenge, said that basketball builds character. “Team play, fairness, discipline and soft skills are needed in every area of one’s life, and basketball is a great way to instil such qualities,” he said. The march through the town was followed by the finals of the primary school competition. Hashiyana Primary School and Charles Anderson Combined School faced each other in a tough match.
Charles Andersen, led by their playmakers Paavo Shudeni and Magdalena Nangolo, eventually took home the trophy. After this, all the children competed in a basketball shootout competition, which was followed by an All-Star Game between the Oshana senior league and senior ladies teams. According to Nailenge, the day was “a great success”. He thanked Old Mutual and Namibia Beverages, through their Coca-Cola brand, for assisting with the equipment. He said the event is going to be an annual affair, and will happen every year in July.
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