Heritage Bank Plc has chosen former African Queen of the tracks and two-time Olympic medalist, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi as the brand ambassador of the Skoolympics project because of her contribution to the development of sport in the country.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Heritage Bank Plc, Mr. Ifie Sekibo revealed this during the official unveiling of the annual sporting event for secondary schools in Nigeria with the aim of discovering and rewarding talents.
Sekibo added that the idea behind Skoolympics was the holistic development of young people, fostering their physical, social and emotional health.
Sekibo said the bank intends to collaborate with the Lagos State Government to build a culture of sports hand-in-hand with the formal education in a bid to secure the future of the teaming population.
Also speaking on the technical details of the project, Chief Executive of Topaz Sports Limited, Mr. Edwin Udogu said there would be post-event management of the winning athletes through mentoring process that could lead to award of scholarship by either international or local organisations in order for them to fulfill their career in sports.
The major objectives of the project are to increase participation in sports in order to discover talents and future Olympians, to groom young athletes yearly from the grassroots who will be developed, trained and nurture them to compete and achieve their dreams as well as to create a platform through sports where youths will become great in the various communities.