The boys' team from Rivers State and the girls' team from Bayelsa state both won gold medals at the recently ended National Youth Games in Ilorin.

Engr Musa Kida, the outgoing South-South Zonal representative on the board of the Nigerian Basketball Federation, was behind the recent cash infusion for coaches and players.
In the 3x3 boys finals, Rivers defeated Bauchi 16-15, while Bayelsa successfully defended their National Youth Games crowns in the girls division, defeating Kaduna 16-11.

Kida, who presided over Nigerian basketball's most successful era in the last four years, handed out cash prizes to coaches and players.
Before it became a nationwide phenomenon, the 3x3 format was pioneered in the South-South Zone by the Ahmadu Musa Kida (AMK) foundation, which traveled around state capitals annually with its dedicated floors and truck to organize 3x3 basketball contests.

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He has also gone above and beyond to make it easier for all players on both teams to purchase and distribute fresh new playing shoes.

The goal of the campaign is to inspire young people to strive for greater achievement as they carve out a career path.

"It was only a symbolic gesture at this point to let the players and officials know that they are being watched. At this moment in their lives, these are still children whose motivation cannot be dependent on money "Kida stated.

"So, rather than announce a big cash reward for them, we decided to give them stipends while converting the bulk of the cash to sporting gears that will help their development"
Kida complimented Rivers and Bayelsa for being deserving ambassadors for the zone and urged other states to follow in their footsteps.
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