NIAA Concludes 2010 Convention in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria – OCTOBER 28-31, 2010.
Members of the Nigerian International Athletes Association in their quest to impact the lives of students/athletes hosted the first ever international convention on Nigerian soil in conjunction with the Cross River State Government. The convention was a resounding success that could be attributed to the focus, the discipline and cooperation exhibited by attending members.
NIAA recently adopted a secondary school (St. Jude’s) in Calabar located in the middle of a residential community.
The mission commenced with a mentoring session with the students, staff and parents of St. Jude’s. The students were broken up into three groups while NIAA members sat in the classrooms with the students and staff to have somewhat of a round table conversation. The session focused on the importance of education, goal setting, hard work, good citizenship and the spirit of giving back to the needy and disadvantaged.
Day two was a groundbreaking day for the construction of a brick fence around St. Jude’s campus. The fence was a top priority and was critically needed to secure the campus. The project was totally funded by NIAA and thanks to NIAA the project is in its last stages of completion. St. Jude’s will now be secure to prevent tress passers and looters.
Day three started in the morning at the U J ESUENE Stadium for recreational activities. This session attracted hundreds of youths who participated in a clinic with emphasis on physical education, staying fit and the impact in ultimate good health both physically and mentally. The clinic included but not limited to some track and field drills, fundamentals of baseball/softball and daily exercising.
On the evening of day three, NIAA hosted its inaugural NIAA Unity Invitational relays where eight secondary and primary schools (Boys and Girls) were invited to participate. NIAA also featured a team that ran and actually won against the youths. The night session also featured a novelty soccer match between NIAA and the youths. Following the conclusion of this session, there was an awards ceremony and these awards included actual medals and NIAA T-Shirts. Cross River State Government also donated some awards to the youths. The highlight of the above sessions was the exuberance and passion that we saw in these youths.
Day four was the grand finale and the Banquet night which was very well attended. Guests included the Governor of Cross River State, Sen. Lyel Imoke, members of the Cross River Executive Council and several other dignitaries. This gala also featured an awards night for former and current sportsmen and women who have represented Cross River State. To reciprocate, NIAA presented awards to the Governor, the Deputy Governor and the Hon. Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Cross River State. As a result of the impact and success of this convention, there is already a verbal invitation for NIAA to return in 2011.