On Saturday, 29th June 2014, iHoops Basketball Academy got off their feet with about 19 kids taking part in their first ever clinic at Aga Khan School court.
Running the opening day session were Academy Directors, Jimmy Enabu and Ben Komakech (City Oilers) with help from Ivan Enabu (then at Warriors), Albert Achiko (then at KIU Titans) and Kelly Martin (then Falcons).
Enabu and Komakech saw the feeder program as a crucial training and up-bringing ground for the kids in all aspects of life in what is a year-round sport for many.
“We want to give these kids an unforgettable learning experience coupled with fun and one that won’t focus on only basketball but also instill values of discipline, hard work, team work and leadership,” Jimmy Enabu told Kawowo Sports then.
Four years later, the academy has grown and conducts regular holiday programs – the Growing Champions Camp – for the kids between five and sixteen years.
And this Holiday’s Growing Champions Camp will take place next week, from 14th-18th May at Lugogo Indoor Stadium.
Registration of kids for the camp will conducted on the day of arrival at the venue (Lugogo Indoor Stadium) for Shs. 20,000 per child each day.
Fun has to be part of what the kids are involved in and for the instructors that has got to be fused with game and life skills.
Gazelles forward Claire Lamunu will join usual instructors in Jimmy Enabu, Ben Komakech, Tony Drileba and Jonah Otim.