Accra Basketball League Men’s Division II title-holders, TUSK Foundation have become the first beneficiaries of the EduSports Project, a programme aimed at improving the academic performances of student-athletes.
This was after the project, a collaboration between eCampus and RITE Sports Limited was launched last Saturday at the Adenta Basketball Court in Accra.
Speaking at the launch, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of eCampus, Mr Cecil Nutakor said an initial investment of two million cedis had been set aside to subscribe 1,200 young people to the eCampus platform for free.
He said the platform which can be accessed by downloads from mobile app stores and online will give student-athletes from Junior High School level to the tertiary level free access to learning materials.
He was hopeful that the project would assist more student-athletes to pursue their sporting dreams.
“That dream that now no child will have to go through beatings just because they want to follow their passion is my dream come through. My third dream come through is that this is done in a community where I live in, the spirit of building a community which is not very popular in this side of the world," Mr Nutakor said.
"So seeing a community where your neighbours' kids come together and fuse sports with education, and to actually see it happen in work with plans to extend it to other communities is my dream come through.”
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of RITE Sports, Yaw Sakyi Afari noted that the project aside from cutting down the cost of education for parents will also bring relief to parents with the assurance that their children will be gaining academic advantage through sports.
“It is simply a project that will allow student-athletes to learn before playing basketball or if it’s a football academy that we are working with. Many times, you hear parents complain that they don’t want their kids to take up sports because when they are doing sports, they don’t concentrate on their books.
“This is to bring that relief to parents that with the E-Campus Edusports Project, we are combining sports and education. We ensure that before your kids play basketball or they play football, we will take them on that platform and give them assignments to do. We will monitor their academic performance to ensure that they are excelling not just on the basketball court but in the classroom as well. We will be in touch with their teachers to ensure that the areas that they are struggling, through the eCampus Edusports project, we will give them more opportunity on the platform to be able to study and excel in class,” he stated.
The founder of the Tusk Foundation, Lester Akyea emphasized that the Edusports Project feeds into the goal of his basketball promotion foundation which aims at giving children the opportunity to pursue their dreams through sports.