Nigerian Born American Humanitarian Gifts Quality Sneakers to Up-Coming Basketball Players in Abuja

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By Odita Sunday

 

Ugo Kachikwu, affectionately known as ‘Kach,’ has generously donated numerous basketball playing boots to players in Abuja Basketball Academy.

The act reflects his lifelong aspiration to give back to the community that nurtured him and so far he has helped more than 20 thousand kids either by giving them basketball equipment or paying for their tuition.

Kach, now pursuing a career at JPMorgan Chase in New York after leaving sports due to injuries, encouraged the players to pursue their dreams. JPMorgan is a renowned financial institution.The distribution of the basketball boots and bags spanned two days.

Addressing the players on the final day of the charity event on Thursday, April 11, Kachikwu emphasized the importance of discipline, determination, and dedication. He also emphasized the significance of kindness, citing his desire to contribute to the development of basketball in Nigeria.

“I admire your passion and dedication. Maintain respect for your coach. Stay humble to excel. Keep a clear mind. Education in America taught me invaluable lessons without spending a dime,” he remarked.

He attributed his generosity to gratitude for his own blessings and recalled playing barefoot in Sapele and Asaba. He pledged to establish a basketball camp in the future to further support the sport’s growth in Nigeria.

Recipients of the donations expressed their gratitude.

David, one of the players, commented, “I’m thrilled. Such acts are rare in Nigeria. It’s my first time receiving such generous gifts in my basketball career.”

Janet, a student and basketball player, said, “I’m immensely grateful for the bag. It’s of excellent quality.”

Tomiwa Idris, another player, added, “The bag is fantastic. I pray for blessings upon him and safe travels back home.”

Esther, another beneficiary, expressed her thanks, saying, “I’m so happy. Thank you, Mr. Kach, for this gift. May you be blessed abundantly.”

Players from various basketball academies at the National Stadium benefited from the gesture. CEO of TNT Basketball Programme and renowned Coach, Ibrahim Omale, praised Kachikwu for his rare generosity.

Omale remarked, “Such gestures are uncommon in Nigeria. The quality of the boots surprised me. May God replenish your generosity.”

The distribution was carried out alongside his older brother, Emeke Kachikwu.

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