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Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri leads training of 50 girls in Mogadishu

Hiiraan Online
Friday August 23, 2019

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri and Ilwad Elman head of the operations at Elman Peace and Human Rights - Photo by Elman

MOGADISHU (HOL) - World renowned basketball champion and president of the 2019
NBA Champions Toronto Raptors Masai Ujiri alongside some of the finest coaches landed in Mogadishu Thursday to lead a girls’ basketball training session.

 Ujiri who has been on an African tour led a coaches from the Giants of Africa team in training 50 girls who are under the tutelage of the Elman Peace Centre.

The director of programmes at Elman Peace Centre Ilwad Elman who hosted the team said in a tweet the visit by Ujiri and his team was an inspiration to the young women basketballers in Somali to be the finest.

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So much joy, laughter and real motivation today among these girls to train to be the very best one day,” said Ilwad who is a Somali Canadian.

The visiting delegation donated training kits to Elman Peace Centre as part of their vision to cultivate the future of basketball in Somalia.

Elman Peace is a leading organization in Somalia changing the face and narrative of Somalia to the world.


When the world reports on bombs and attacks in Somalia, Elman Peace shows the world that there is more to the story, that hope exists and opportunity for a brighter future begins with investments in youth.

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