Sports Academies are critical in preparing kids for the future and not just for sports but life, generally.
It’s at these academies that kids get to learn sports and life skills that will help them in their day to day life as sports men and women or whatever proffession they choose to be.
And it’s not different for Henrison Basketball Academy who held their annaul Nature and Peace Tournament on Saturday at Kabira Country Club in Bukoto.
“This is not all about skill, it’s also about kids being themselves. I would like to see team work because baskeball is a team sport. I would like to see better and focussed players, these tournaments open their eyes and they begin to realize where they are still lagging behind,” Academy Director, Henrison Mbaziira, said.
Kids aged 6-18 competed in 1v1, 3v3, 5v5, Shooting Contests, Free Throw Contests, and 3-point Shooting Contest with Parents’ Shooting Contest spicing up the day.
The star performer of the day was 14-year-old Abigail Murungi, a promising and talented combo guard. Murungi won the the ladies 1-on-1, 3-point Shooting Contest and 3×3 MVP in the U15 Category.
“I want to play in the WNBA in the future. I like Candace Parker and how she plays. I would also like to play in the NBL, may be for UCU,” Murungi said of her ambitions.
The event was graced by Rita Assimwe Egonda, the Principal of Cherubs International Christian School, who emphsized the important of character and morals in bringing up children.
“It’s very key to look at characters and morals of the children. Many times as parents, we look at the brain, everyone is looking at education, they want the kids to be doctors, lawyers, etc but we forget that it’s what comes within us that makes us the best we can be.
“Character has degenerated in this generation, there is a lot that is eating up on our kids, so programs like this are, all outdoor games are very important to break the children from patterns of things that are taking them away.
“We have a lot of mental health that is affecting our children, they are stressed and depressed and there is a lot that is causing such. Breaking that pattern and getting them out to exercise enhances a better way of thinking and brain function even better.
“And we need to expose them to things like sports; integrating sports into our education system, cultivates a better culture to build up children that are authentic, thriving and life changers.”
- 1 on 1 Open category winner – Emmanuel Muwaya
- 1 on 1 Ladies Category Winner – Abigail Murungi
- Parents Shooting Contest Winner – Rowena Kamasai
- Free Throw Contest (U12 Winner) – Sherly Mulungi
- Free Throw Contest (Open Category Winner) – Jonathan Ssenyomo
- 3-point Shooting Contest Winner (Ladies Category) – Abigail Murungi
- 1 on 1 (U12 Winner) – Neo Ainerugaba
- Skills Challenge (Open Category Winner) – Raymond Kakama
- Skills Challenge (U12 Winner) – Jonathan Senyomo
- Shooting Contest (U12 Winner) – Sherly Mulungi
- MVP 3×3 U15 – Abigail Murungi
- MVP 3×3 U15 – Emmanuel Muwaya
- 3×3 MVP Open Category (Men) – Edgar Jjunju
- 3×3 MVP Open Category (Ladies) – Titian Sherinah Atwine
- 5x5 MVP Men – Ishimwe Owen
- 5×5 MVP Women – Maggie Namaganda
- 1 on 1 (Open Category Winner) – Obua Terrence
- Men 3-point Shooting Contest – Mathew Tuuru