By Salifu Usman, Abuja
No fewer than 1000 kids drawn from across the country are to take part in this year’s annual Mark D’Ball Basketball fiesta.
The event will be held at the Mard D’Ball Arena in Akpegede, Otukpo, the ancestral home of the former Senate president, Senator David Mark, from 26th December, 2017 to 31st December, 2017.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja, yesterday ahead of the event, the initiator, Igoche Mark, said the annual basketball fiesta which was painfully put off last year to avoid needless faceoff and breach of the law following court litigation, will resume this year with greater pomp and style.
He said the annual Mark D’Ball Basketball tournament, a nonprofit venture being promoted by the former Senate president, David Mark through Mark Sports Foundation, brings together some of Nigeria’s most exciting basketball and musical acts, saying the event is a great asset to Otukpo, the political headquarters of Idoma kingdom.
He added that the event is back in line with Senator Mark’s belief and promise that Mark D’Ball like his other sports involvements are legacies he desires to outlive him ireespective of political and economic circumstances.
“This year we shall be at a new venue, located at Akpegede-Otukpo, the ancestral home of Senator Mark.
“One of the highlights of the event is the children’s clinic. In the last edition we had over 400 kids. This year, we hope to accommodate up to 1, 000 children.
The focus this year is on the family. Therefore we have infused a number of new activities that promises to be fun for every member of the family,” he said.
The primary aim of Mark “D” Ball is to bring International basketball to the grassroots, teaching children the game for early build-up of their career and this year will be no different as it be playing host a number of renowned African and Nigerian retire and reigning basketballers.