23rd August, 2010
About 500 Students from over 60 Schools would feature in the 6th Dr. Phil-Ebosie Memorial swimming competition slated for October at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere in Lagos, Nigeria.
The participants, according to the board of trustees of Dr. EIP Ebosie Foundation, are expected from schools in Lagos state, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Delta, Edo, Anambra, Rivers and Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Kaduna States as well as the Federal capital territory, FCT, Abuja.
Chairman of the Foundation Trustees, Dapo Elias, while unveiling modalities for this yearâ€™s competition, said the event would hold between 22 and 23 October in remembrance of the late Dr. E.IP Ebosie, who had passion for sports, especially swimming during his lifetime.
Elias, said the major aim of staging the annual swimming tournament is to identify budding talents among young school students, who would be groomed to represent Nigeria in international championships.
Coordinator of the tourney, Captain Sam Phil Ebosie a trustee of the Foundation, expressed their desire to join hands with the government in the discovery and development of talented youths in Nigeria.
â€œThis is calling on corporate concerns and philanthropists to support our initiative of catching the youths at their tender age. We are doing this because the government canâ€™t do it alone. There are many talented young boys and girls out there who need exposure, so we need to join hands for their upliftmentâ€, he said.
The Ebosie Foundation is a non profit organization aimed at promoting excellence in Nigerian children in academics, culture and sports.