In the spirit of giving back to the community, Hennessy, the National Basketball Association (NBA), and Osas Okunkpolor (Osa-7) have collaborated to remodel Stonefield’s basketball court as part of the “In The Paint” initiative.
The remodeled court is located at W Close, 23 Road Festac Town, which is where the event was held.
The Marketing Manager, Moet Hennessy, Oluwole Awoleke, NBA Africa Vice President, Gbemisola Abudu alongside Osas Okunkpolor (Osa-7) launched the revamped basketball court on Wednesday, 18, 2022.
Osa-7, who was responsible for the graffiti design of the court, thanked residents for coming to the official launch of the revamped court.
“I want to say thank you to everybody who made the time on a busy Wednesday afternoon to launch this court with us.
“A big shout out to my mum, who came out to see this happen. This is such a big deal for all the brands involved because we are all big on giving back to society.
“For me, this is a passion project because I grew up on this court. I pray this initiative builds more talent and gives the necessary exposure to the community.”
He commended Hennessy and NBA for the collaboration and acknowledged the Executive Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Engr. Valentine Buraimoh, who was present at the launch.
Gbemisola Abudu thanked Hennesy for the initiative.
“With the ‘in the paint initiative’, it brings together the community and presents an opportunity for young boys and girls to have a place where they can play a game of basketball.” What we love about basketball is that you have young boys and girls that can learn life skills from a very young age.”
Oluwole Awoleke commended the NBA and Osa-7 for the collaboration and stated the importance of giving back to the community.
A basketball game was played in commemoration of the revamped community court. The close match ended in an 8-point game in which team white defeated team black 63-55.
The winning team was awarded the sum of one million naira.
Hilary Aigboahaode, MVP, said, “I’m so excited and I’m short of words.” This is a dream come true in this court because this place had been messed up, but when I heard Hennessy was coming to take care of the court, I said I’d be here. I never knew I’d be the MVP, but I’m grateful to God.”
Vector the Viper and Mi Abaga were at the event to thrill the crowd with electrifying performances. James Olise, a resident, thanked Henessy, the NBA, and Osa-7 for the revamped court.
“This is beyond lovely. We needed this. We are grateful to them, and I look forward to playing basketball here.”