18 March 2014

SOMALIA : Somali Children Benefit From Generous Donation By the Nation's Basketball Mother

Somali basketball Federation vice president for techniques, development and international relations Mrs. Hawa Sheik Ahmed (Hawa Taako) has on Sunday presented a generous donation of different kinds of basketball equipment to local basketball clubs, school children and youth district teams in the country, as part of what she termed as 'her encouragement' for the growth of Somali basketball from the bottom.
Some Universities and regions also benefited from the generous donation by Hawa Taako who was Somali women's National team playmaker in 1980s. Her husband Dr. Osman Shiis was also a national team top scorer in the same period.
The female vice president who is known here in the country as 'the mother' of Somali basketball while some also call her the basketball's iron lady displayed the thousands of dollars worthy equipment in a colorful ceremony held at the Lido Sea Food restaurant in the Lido beach resort of Mogadishu in the presence of scores of high profile individuals including law makers.
"Taking advantage from this opportunity, I would like to call upon other retired players who are now living in Europe and north America and as well as business people to follow behind me and help their country's sport and in particularly the basketball which is the vent we had enjoyed dozens of years ago" Mrs. Hawa Taako told the presentation ceremony on Monday.
"I would like to thank all those who raised the money we spent for buying the equipment including my husband Dr. Osman Shiis, my children and other Somali patriots who are committed to promoting basketball in Somalia. I promise here in front of you that I will always play a key role in the development of Somali basketball" said Hawa taako.
She said the equipment was allocated for young boys and girls to educate them in basketball. The equipment composes of: basketballs, tracksuits, jerseys and shoes.
"I know this is not adequate equipment, but in the future I am planning to send more equipment to all regions in the country so that we can make sure that every single boy or girl in the country get access to basketball" she said urging Somali government to build basketball courts everywhere in the country.
However, Female Somali parliament member Ubah Tahlil Warsame and a representative from Somali women's association awarded Mrs. Hawa Sheik Ahmed (HawaTaako) with a trophy and a gold medal for her role in the promotion of basketball and as well as her efforts to encourage for the introducing of peace and stability into the country through sport.
It was in 2008 when Hawa Sheik Ahmed (Hawa taako) the first individual who donated such equipment to female Somali basketball players praising them for playing basketball while there was still an increasing risk from terrorists.

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