Aspiring basketball players in Kayole have a bright future after Bakee Mtaani on Wednesday kicked off the construction of a 2.5 million shilling basketball court at Umama Ground in Komarock, along Kangundo Road in Kayole, Nairobi .
A project launched by the Jonathan Jackson Foundation, which is sponsored by FKF Premier League club Nairobi City Stars, Bakee Mtaani Program (basketball in the hood) is a groundbreaking community initiative that showcases basketball courts as safe spaces in informal settlements and Nairobi communities.
The project includes the identification and construction of basketball courts, the supply of equipment, the implementation training of coaches and referees to supervise basketball tournaments and comprehensive training programs so that young people learn the sport and ensure high levels of participation.
So far, The Jonathan Jackson Foundation has built three NBA-standard basketball courts built in the Dagoretti North and Dagoretti South communities.
On Wednesday, the Jonathan Jackson Foundation partnered with KFC Kuku Foods as a major funding partner for the Kayole Community-Based Full-Size Basketball Court in Kayole.
“Our partnership as KFC with the NBA in Africa also aims to create a space for aspiring basketball players to hone their skills and love of the game while winning cool prizes through our Now We’re Balling campaign,” said Jacques, CEO of Kuku Foods. Theunissen.
“It is an honor to have KFC on board as a Foundation partner for this noble journey. This is not just an upcoming short, but a facility that brings young people together for engagement, not just for the game but for mutually beneficial purposes”
“So far we have managed to set up three courts in the Dagoretti area, but this one is significant as it is the first in Kayole and hopefully with a cemented partnership with KFC, this will be the first of many in the city,” said Diana Sifuna, CEO of the Jonathan Jackson Foundation.
The basketball court will be owned by Devine World Parish Catholic Church who provided the court.
Additionally, clubs, schools, community and Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Premier League interested parties will be permitted to use the ground once fully constructed.