New York Square, LLC, a private enterprise created to develop partnerships in the fields of sports and entertainment as a means of advancing socio-economic growth in Africa, has announced a partnership with the Ghana Basketball Federation (GBBA) to develop and promote basketball in Ghana.
The partnership is to provide the infrastructure and technical support necessary to create a fully integrated national program.
The project will begin this spring with the construction of 10 courts in selected regions, starting with the first court in the Northern regional capital of Tamale.
The courts will be manufactured by Connor Sport Court International, the market leader in portable and permanent hardwood sports, athletic, and dance flooring systems.
In addition to each of these regional community courts, boreholes will be drilled to provide a fresh water supply for the adjacent communities.
New York Square's mission is to use sports to provide the structure, support, guidance, and mentorship necessary for Africa's youth to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams. The company has assembled an executive team consisting of highly accomplished individuals with decades of sports, entertainment, and business experience both in Africa and the United States to accomplish this mission.
The partnership between New York Square and the GBBA will expand to include tennis, baseball, and golf, with the vision of providing the same opportunities for millions of young girls and boys across Africa as New York Square expands its presence on the continent.
Dan Isaacs, New York Square's Founder and Chief Executive Officer, said: “To execute our vision is a dream come true and in the making for almost a decade. It is our mission to use sports to provide the structure, support, guidance, and mentorship necessary for Africa's youth to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.”
The GBBA President, Ato Van-Ess, also added that they are focused on developing solutions that benefit Ghana by targeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10.
“A basketball in a kid’s hands might not necessarily translate into success in the game, but it might alter the trajectory of this kid’s life onto paths hitherto unknown,” stated Alex Kukula, Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Ghana Basketball Association and Director of Basketball Operations for New York Square.
“Basketball made me and now my dream is to use basketball to give hope to underserved youth with every bounce of the ball.” “Together we are focused on developing solutions that benefit Ghana by targeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10,” added Ato Van-Ess, GBBA President.