Basketball court renovated to stem out drug abuse

Fungayi Munyoro
MUTARE – A group of former basketball players from Sakubva’s high density suburb have embarked on a project to resurface the community court.
The Sakubva court has been with no activity since 2012 because of its state of dilapidation.
Former players and local youths decided to repair it and give it a new lease of life.
The purpose of refurbishing the court is to occupy youth with sporting activities so that they don’t indulge in drugs, sex, early marriages and crime.
In an interview with Chipinge Times, Mike ‘Big Mike’ Machipanda who is spearheading the project said the idea came from former basketball players who used to play basketball from Sakubva after they saw the state of the court.
“The court had developed some pot holes. One hoop was affected by rust while the other hoop was still standing but the board had rotten. The facility was not useable. Being part of the former players who played the game we were touched and we agreed to close the potholes since we had limited resources for total resurface.
Machipanda said they got donations of cement and youngsters are bringing in river sand.
“We are making progress, we have covered more than half of the court and we are still in the process of making follow-ups on some donations. We have got a lot of support from the community as our initiative is to drive out drug abuse by youngsters, to deal with the problem of sexually transmitted diseases, childhood marriages and high crime rate. We look forward to putting some terraces and lights if resources permit,” said Machipanda.

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