It was joy and celebration as Mount Kenya University Rwanda (MKUR) launched its Ultra Modern Basketball Court on Wednesday, 28th March, 2018 to students, staff and the public as it continues to develop facilities to enhance Higher Education in the country.
With a capacity to accommodate over 150 people with well lit lights and Wifi, the court has been built at a cost of 200,000$ with the support of the Basketball team patron Prof Simon Gicharu, the founder and Chairman, Board of Directors , Mount Kenya University. It will also combine as a volleyball court.
In a telephone conversation with Gicharu, he said the University will increase funding to develop sporting facilities as part of its goal in enhancing quality Education in niche areas that are vital to the development of Rwanda.
During a tour of the court with the press, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Edwin Odhuno said the court has been developed to nature talent amongst students and the public.
“It has been a long and complex process to get to this point, with numerous challenges overcome to put up such a modern facility that will see sports development at the campus and a speckle for basketball fans in Kicukiro district and the surrounding areas. Our mission is to get as many students as possible involved in sports. If we can inspire the next generation, we will have done a great job. We shall also continue forging and nurturing links with the community we live in for sustainable development”, Odhuno said.
During the ceremony, MKUR Mighty basket ball team beat University of Kigali to clinch the launch cup. Other teams that competed in the tournament included Kigali Institute of Science and Technology and the University of Rwanda.
According to the MKUR captain, Joseph Bukuru, the primary aim is to grow the game as a sporting code on campus. “Through this, we also hope to recruit as many students as possible to the basketball team,” he said.
MKUR is re-known in the country for producing top basketball players playing at the national and professional level.