Scholarships awarded for more than 20 athletes in Nigeria

October 29, 2019 |

The national Ministry of Youths and Sports Development decided to secure full scholarships for young athletes (25 people) discovered at the National Youth Games (Ilorin) this year.

In the Adopt-An-Athlete campaign that the sports minister championed, Sunday Dare emphasized the Ministry’s commitment to supporting the grassroots sports’ development and the talents’ nurturing.

It was made known when the athletes who were invited for screening paid a visit to the Minister through the NTIC Sports Academy (Nigerian Tulip International Colleges Sports Academy), who will let the athletes finish their secondary school education.

Their parents, coaches, and NTIC’s representatives accompanied the junior talents.

The Minister praised the school’s management for rewarding the industry as well as the talent of young athletes cum their commitment to honing their skills and competencies for the future.

According to him, the scholarship offer was a robust validation of the efforts put by the Ministry for promoting grassroots sports development and finding out gems that are expected to make the country proud for the upcoming years.

“I want to say “thank you” to the Tulip International Colleges in terms of the partnership,” he said. “Hopefully, you can achieve far more after this approach. Across 20 sports, there have been 328 junior talents discovered during the most recent National Youth Games,” he also stated, 

“The step is great in the right direction. It rewards and encourages the talents as well as the industry of the future sports stars. The Government alone finds it impossible to provide all the required resources for developing our sports; thus, we must look to the private investment for making up the difference.”

“I do believe in that patriotic and symbolic move. I want to call on other schools and organizations to follow the example and join the Adopt-an-Athlete program,” according to the Minister.

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