Power Forward

Power Forward is a youth empowerment initiative that uses basketball to develop health, leadership and life skills among Nigerian youth.

Power Forward

In 2013, the National Basketball Association (NBA), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), Africare and ExxonMobil launched “Power Forward,” a youth engagement initiative using basketball to develop health, leadership and life skills in Nigeria. “Power Forward” is active in 10 public and private high schools in Abuja and is engaging 300 students, with equal representation of boys and girls. The curriculum, developed in collaboration with local education officials and the Nigerian NGO Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative, teaches leadership skills and builds health awareness through a combination of classroom and athletic activities.

Power Forward, which will continue through December 2015, teaches health literacy and life skills such as leadership, respect and personal responsibility through basketball and other programming to positively impact Nigerian secondary school students.

“Power Forward” is aligned with ongoing efforts of the Nigerian government, such as the Saving One Million Livescampaign, to drive economic prosperity and improve public heath, particularly among youth. This program will bolster these efforts by teaching crucial skills to Nigerian youth. The program is designed so that the initial participants, who will all be in their final three years of high school, can then mentor younger students, magnifying the program’s impact.


  • ExxonMobil Foundation

    United States | Staff size: Unknown
    The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States.
  • Africare

    Implementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: 501-1000

    Africare is one of the most experienced and largest African-American led non-profit international development organizations, and they are leaders in development assistance to...

  • National Basketball Association (NBA)

    Staff size: Unknown

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Key Information

LocationNigeria, West Africa
  • Start Date 2013