Memorial basketball tourney for late Coach Steve ends, gets posthumous award


Late Coach Steve Onishola’s contributions to the game of basketball has been recognised with a Posthumous Merit Award by the Kwara State Basketball Family.

At a ceremonial event held at the Outdoor Court of the Kwara State Stadium Complex on Sunday 17th January 2021, Babatunde Onishola, son of the late Coach, who came alongside his wife and children, received the award on behalf of the family.

While receiving the award, Babatunde said that the support his family received from the basketball family, Kwara State Sport Council and other individuals was massive, even as he praising everyone for the kind gesture, as he also prayed that basketball in the state will continue to soar higher.

A statement from the State BasketballAssociation said: “Coach Steve did a lot in community building, philanthropy and inspiration that extended beyond the basketball court. You could tell how much he meant to people from the reaction to his death and we just felt it was right to honour him and his family this way”.

The Kwara Basketball Veterans, supported by other individuals also celebrated the achievements of one of it’s own, Rasheed Bello, Ex-Lagos Islander, who was given a Merit Award for his outstanding contribution to the game during his playing days.

Earlier in the day, Vikings overpower Rockstar 53-50 to emerge champions of the memorial championship (1st Prolific Basketball Tournament) held in name of the former Kwara Falcons Technical Director, while Team Westside ended up in third place.

Cash prizes and other individual awards were as well, dished out to the top three teams and other outstanding players at the colourful ceremony attended by Director, Kwara state Sport Council, Coach Atanda Alarape, Mallam Tunde Kazeem, Alhaji Abdulfatah Dan-kazeem, amongst others.


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