Tennis Academy for the Youth in the Akwapim District

CIMG1996.JPGIn the first of its kind in a village, the Kwakwaduam Association Inc. of New York has collaborated with the Management of La Constance Guest House to establish a Tennis Academy in the town of Akropong in the Akwapim district. The program is to facilitate the teaching of tennis as a means of getting the youth off the streets. The Academy will also establish an Academic Teaching Program to help the kids with their school work and enhance their chances on entering the JSS and SSS system and ultimately to enter the Universities. The Academy plans to offer Scholarship Programs as well for its members entering the JSS and SSS system.

Speaking at the opening Dr. Kwame Aniapam Boafo a Consultant to and former President of Kwakwaduam Association said he was so excited about the mission and the prospects of the Academy and recounted the his childhood days at Akropong and the role Ben’s Table Tennis Club at the time played in his life and that he was grateful to have the opportunity to give something back to the community. He thanked his Tennis Partner in the US, Dr. Tavy Popa an Anesthesiologist for his encouragement and the Match Point Tennis Club in Orangeburg, New York for their logistic assistance. Dr. Boafo lamented the lack of Girls in the academy and admonished the recruiters to make sure girls formed as many as boys in the academy. Greetings from Mr. Mark Saforo President of Kwakwaduam Association Inc was relayed as well as his commitment and support from Kwakwaduam.

Dr. Boafo thanked the local Partners who have the responsibility of running the day to day affairs of the Academy particularly Carl Owusu Ansah – The Chairman of the Academy, Junior Brain- the Coach, Offei Issac – the Organizer, Nana Kwasi – the Assistant Coach, Toni Abutiate – the Director of Operations, Nana Akwagyan the Caretaker of the Guest House, Junior – Assistant Organizer and Kwame Boafo the Coordinator and hoped they will live up to the high standard expected of them.

The Chairman of the Ceremony at the launching, Hon Dan Awere said he was thankful to Dr. Boafo for his foresight and hoped the political establishment will emulate his vision. Other celebrities at the function included Nich Adi Darko who in his contribution pledged to assist the academy. Others included Dr. Diana Wolfe a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist from Albert Einstein Medical School in New York who was attending a conference in Ghana at the time and Rtd Brigadier Adu Bediako.
The Academy will welcome SPONSORS to make the dream sustainable and to expand the concept to other towns on the ridge. Kwakwaduam Association Inc. has pledged its support.
Kwakwaduam is a Non-Profit Organization whose mission to organize activities to enhance the educational, socio-economic, cultural, financial life of its members and to organize activities to uplift communities in Ghana as part of its global outreach