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Excitement as Adeola Ajayi Foundation Camp Unveils Plans for Fifth Edition



Adeola Ajayi Foundation

The Adeola Ajayi Foundation Camp is gearing up for its fifth edition, set to take place in Sango Ota, Ogun State, with over 200 children participating.

The camp will run from April 17th to 19th, 2024, offering a unique experience that goes beyond just basketball.

This year’s edition promises fresh innovations, according to founder Adeola Ajayi.

While basketball remains a core element, the focus will extend to promoting overall health and well-being.

“We’ve got a well-rounded program this year,” Ajayi explained. “Of course, there’s basketball, but we’re using that as a springboard to reach these kids on a deeper level.”

The camp will feature Dr. Jacqueline Walters, an OB/GYN specializing in women’s health and reproduction. A dentist will also be on hand to educate participants on dental hygiene.

“Remember when you were a kid and your parents told you to brush your teeth?” Ajayi said with a smile. “We all resisted a bit, but now I’m grateful I listened. Having a dentist here will impress the importance of self-care on these young minds.”

But the camp goes beyond physical health. Dr. Walters’ husband, an ER doctor, will join the program to provide guidance on alternative career paths.

“Basketball isn’t everything,” Ajayi emphasized. “We want these children to understand that there are other options. We have a camp director who played professionally but transitioned into a successful entrepreneur with his own basketball net company. This is the kind of inspiration we want to provide.”

The camp caters to children aged seven to fifteen, focusing on hygiene, self-care, and fostering an innovative mindset.

The initiative holds a special significance for Ajayi. “This is my hood, Sango Ota,” he shared. “I grew up playing on these very courts. I was once in their shoes, attending camps and struggling to afford transportation. I didn’t even have money for lunch breaks. My dream was to own a new basketball shoe, something I didn’t achieve until I went to the United States.”

“There are countless kids in Nigeria with similar dreams,” Ajayi continued. “This program is about more than just showing off. It’s about making a real difference in their lives. We can’t rely solely on the government. If we all do our part, we can create significant change. Start by talking to people, get involved, and together we can empower these young minds.”

Adding to the excitement, Coach Curtis Berry expressed her enthusiasm. “Nigeria is a fantastic country,” she said. “I promised the kids I’d return, and I’m thrilled to be back, motivating them and working alongside them. I’m truly inspired by the potential here.”

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