STREET COURT PROJECT:
NASSARAWA and ABIA STATES, Nigeria
Many street courts in Nigeria have multiple pot holes, broken backboards and rusted basketball rims. Bleachers and sitting areas are dirty and deserted. There are no protective pads attached to the basketball upright. Youth have no playing shoes and play bare footed. As a result, youth suffer from multiple gruesome injuries and ankle sprains. Participating youth are demoralized, less engaged and motivated to play sports. This project involved the resurfacing of 2 basketball courts so that youth can have a safe place to play and a constructive outlet.
On average, over 30-60 youth are actively engaged on a daily basis in South-East and North-Central, Nigeria as a result of the HCF Street Court Project. Countless youth are inspired by this, as we continue to showcase them in the lights as positive role models, community athletes ,and leaders who may mentor others.
By doing so, we are providing a safe space and place where various youth can hone their basketball skills while channelling their energy towards sports.