Former NBA center Olumide Oyedeji holds basketball clinic for kids in London

olumide-oyedeji-seattleFormer NBA player and current Nigerian basketball national team captain Olumide Oyedeji hosted a charity basketball clinic at the  Damilola Taylor centre in the heart of Peckham, London last week.

Oyedeji’s foundation (Olumide Oyedeji Youth Foundation) themed the 3 day event ” Pick a Book NOT A Knife, shoot a ball NOT a Gun” and Olumide describes this as ”the use of sports to engage the young kids from inner city areas, discouraging them from joining gangs whilst encouraging them to stay in school”.

“The alarming number of kids of African decent getting involved in knife and gun crime in London and my British roots helped make the decision to put this event together,” he said.

After successfully running his foundation for over 13 years by himself and hosting clinics all over the world including yearly events in his home country Nigeria, the basketball star said London was just another place where a role model like him could make a positive impact in the kids lives and the benefits of such events will be felt by the community as a whole.

The event itself turned out to be a huge success with parents and children coming out in mass to the basketball clinic, as well as even some celebrities came to show their support as well.

The 6’10 center Oyedeji was picked by the currently non-existent Seattle Supersonics in the 2nd round (13th pick, 42nd overall) in the 2000 NBA Draft.

Oyedeji played 3 seasons in the NBA, two fro Seattle Sonics, one for Orlando Magic. He appeared in total of 93 NBA games (5 started), averaging 1.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg in 6.3 mpg.

Below are pictures from the 3 day basketball clinic including Olumide Oyedeji’s stop at the  Deptford Green College where he gave an inspirational talk to the students as well as taking charge of their basketball class for the morning.

Pictures taken by Michael Tubes creations (from 360nobs).


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