We Are Building Female Champion Through Basketball- SG Elite

By Eniola Daniel
Chief Executive Office, Sonai Global Services Limited, Nneamaka Anyanwu has said her initiative, SG Elite Basketball, for underprivileged girls, age 11-17 has come to stay in Nigeria to empower young girls and build their confidence to be what they want to be in life.

   Speaking with The Guardian at the last day of the two days clinic organised for the teenage girls at the Leisure Sports Park(LSP), Lekki, Lagos, she said, "I am doing this because I believe in giving back: I've always worked for NGOs and I decided it's time for me to start one so,  I decided to start an initiative that focus on empowering girls through sports, education and service and this particular initiative is Girls Basketball champion series, that empower girls through basketball.
  

    I choose basketball because I believe in sports; I am a former basketball player, I used to play for Cornell University, New York, I love the game, I love how it challenges you, pushes you and allow you to really be yourself on and off the court.
  On what she would for the girls after the clinic, she said, “there are several component in the organisation; we have tutors who will help continue to develop the girls  because we believe in education, which is one of our core values, also to help the girls make healthy choices, provide them with health care insurance because each of the girls are champion and we’ll continue to build outspoken, smart, resilient, hardworking and integrity women in the society 
   The 27-year old graduate of Interdisciplinary Studies,  added “ One of our focus is on service; what we mean about service is, ‘you don’t need to have a certain amount before you can give back, we
believe that our girls need to understand the value of giving back so, through our organisation they will be required to go to communities for charity works and give back to the community.
  On the challenges, Anyanwu who has the service of Nigeria ex basketball player and Assistant Coach, First Deepwater Basketball club, Mary Chinweokwu Erinfolami, said, “I was born and raised in the U.S. so for me, Nigeria is different. I think Nigeria is a place where you don’t really know how to cope, you just have to find a way to keep going and adapt. I know that Nigeria has several unseen challenges, problems you don’t see coming, but you just have to take them on and figure out your way around it, and so, that’s how I’ve been operating.  It’s been challenging since I’ve been here, at times I wanted to leave but the passion in me push me through all the challenges that I’ve faced and still facing, so I believe in this and I believe in the girls, I believe in Nigeria, and I want to make a difference and I’m positive we would be able to push through; we are here to stay and I hope that with the help of the community and organisations, we will be able to push through and help the girls.
   One of our goals is to build leagues where different area like Lekki Island Girls Vs Surulere Girls, Yaba girls will play championships and the girls to get to a stage where they will be spotted by foreign basketball clubs, have the opportunity to play outside the country and also have the opportunity to play for the national team. We are building up girls champion, we are building future leaders so, for me, the sky is just the limit.
We are pushing for a league, tournaments and camps in the summer. My goal is to build a legacy so, we are here to stay  but we still need support and partnership

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