Mark D Ball is a basketball tournament that occurs annually during the Christmas period in the heart of Idoma land, Benue state. Originally called ‘Save the Game Project’, about four years ago it was rebranded to Mark D Ball!
Every year, Benue State hosts a plethora of stars and dignitaries to an exciting sports and social gathering. This sports tournament is however, no ordinary tournament, as its main function is to use sports as a means of youth empowerment and community building.
About four years ago, the Senate President David Mark, threw his weight behind this competition and made it a prominent feature on the social calendar for both Benue State and Nigeria at large. The idea of this initiative is the Senate President’s commitment of getting the youths off the street through something they can easily relate to – sports.
Mark D Ball 5 – 2012 Edition
The 2012 edition of the Mark D Ball basketball tournament is again set to keep youths off the streets. More than 250 children within the ages of eight to sixteen years would be trained and that those selected after the training would be given scholarships to go to school and also build up their career in sports.
It also comes with an interesting twist. Mark D Ball team will go up against a celebrity team of basket-ball players, in a friendly game at the opening ceremony of the tournament.
Artistes include 2Face Idibia, Sound Sultan, Ikechukwu, Vector and more!
Date: Wednesday 26th – Monday 31st December, 2012
Venue: Otukpo Club 45, Otukpo, Benue State
Contact: For more information and general enquiries please call 08055865545 or 07068777722 | Visit www.markdball.org.ng/web | Follow on Twitter @Markdball2012