THE 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence basketball tournament will kick off today at Northlea High School featuring all Bulawayo Basketball Association (BBA) teams and 12 secondary schools from Matabeleland South and Bulawayo.
BBA secretary-general Sikhumbuzo Ndlovu yesterday said all was set for the two-day tournament.
“We organised this tournament to bring awareness on gender-based violence. The tournament will kick off tomorrow (today) at Northlea, with all BBA league clubs taking part. We will also be having a secondary schools category,” Ndlovu said.
Plumtree, Cyrene, Usher, Falcon College, Empandeni, Milton, Nkulumane, Founders, Ihlathi, Evelyn, Northlea and St James complete the 12 schools that will participate in the tournament.
In the schools women’s category, Bulawayo Metropolitan provincial National Association for Secondary School Heads champions Nkulumane will be the team to watch.
Nkulumane reached the finals of the Breast Cancer Under-20 tournament which was played at Girls’ College, Bulawayo, losing to Girls’ High of Harare.
Ihlathi will also be a threat following their superb performance in the BBA League, while Milton will be expected to use their experience of playing in the senior men’s BBA league to win the tournament.
BBA marketing director Princes Ngwenya yesterday said they were expecting corporate support from Innscor.
“We have approached two companies for corporate support and they are showing willingness to chip in and provide us with one or two things we need for the tournament. I can confirm Innscor has promised to be with us in this tournament, but I cannot reveal the second one,” Ngwenya said.
Prizes will be announced during the official opening of the tournament today.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that runs from November 25 to December 10.
It also incorporates the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Human Rights Day.