Liberia’s representative to the FIBA Club Championship Finals in Tunis, Tunisia, LPRC Oilers, will soon launch a ‘fundraising campaign’ for US$100,000, Vice President Edward J. Harris has told the Daily Observer.
Harris said the campaign is expected to begin with the staff of the LPRC, in a salary grading system, Grade G to F to contribute US$5; Grade D will pay US$10, while Grade C and above will pay any amount but not least than US$10.
He said in an interview that phase two of the fundraiser will target every Liberian and phase three will include sponsorships from business institutions.
“The basketball team will represent Liberia and will be flying the red-white-and-blue flag, therefore, we intend to seek the support of Liberians, including the Chief Patron of Sports, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf,” Harris said.
The three-time basketball champions is expected to join Nigeria’s Kano Pillars to represent Zone 3 in the club champions finals which is scheduled hopefully in November.
In its strive to return without empty hands, the Oilers under the technical guidance of Paul Houlsen has for the past month begun intensive practice, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Well Hairston Basketball Gym on Mechlin Street, he said.
Some of the players in training, he said, “are Captain Ben Dixon, John and Jethro Bings, Fitzgerald Cole, Samuel ‘Bull Dog’ Davidson, Clarence Davies, Jr., and Mohammed Jabateh, Choco Lee, George Pennoh, Baimba Manoba, Aloysius Teah and Toure Moucta with Mr. Paul Houlsen as the coach.”
LPRC Oilers booked their ticket to the 2013 Tunisia Finals when they emerged runners-up in the just ended FIBA Zone 3 Club Championships for both men and women, held in Monrovia.