JJ Foundation constructs modern basketball court in Kawangware

By Barry Silah
Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
The new basketball court at Gatina Primary School in Kawangware, Nairobi. Photo/PD/BARRY SILAH
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Barry Silah @obel_barry

The Jonathan Jackson Foundation (JJF) has launched the first modern basketball court in Kawangware, Dagoretti North, at Gatina Primary School that will be used to reach the youth in the community and empower them through sport and mentorship. 

The foundation plans to build over 20 courts in other Nairobi slums as part of its initiative to transform the youth. 

Through its Bakee Mtaani initiative, JJF has teamed up with TUSK Sport, who will offer basketball training, organise tournaments and other activities.

The foundation’s chairman Jonathan Jackson expressed his passion for youth and basketball: “Young people are full of talent, all they need is guidance and mentorship.

There are many young people in this community passionate about basketball, but the sport is out of their reach.

This pitch will offer them skills and training to explore their optimal potential, it will unlock access to a sport most just watch on television.”

Bakee Mtaani offers a platform that will be used beyond sports to empower the youth with social and economic skills.

“We hope to engage the youth, to keep them occupied, and this will lower their involvement in social vices like crime, alcohol and drug use,” added Jackson.

Eric Harsman who is spearheading TUSK Sports, an initiative aimed at scouting raw talent in basketball across the country through regular boot camps, had this to say at the launch: “By encouraging children and the youth to play and host basketball clinics, young people will be motivated to become model citizens, stay in school, and build their talents.” 

Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei who was chief guest at the launch lauded the Jonathan Jackson Foundation for improving sports infrastructure in the country. “We want to honour this foundation for a noble job. 

This project will go a long way in developing sports and athletes in Nairobi. I am happy to hear 19 more will be built which is commendable.