Photo: (L-R) Group Chief Operating Officer of Adron Homes, Fisayo Oloruntoba, Adron Games Ambassador, Samson Siasia, Group Managing Director of Adron Homes & Properties Ltd, Oba Adetola Emmanuel-King & Brand Ambassador of Adron Homes & Properties, Saidi Balogun, at the Unveiling of Adron Games 2018, held in Lagos, Monday, September 17, 2018.
By George Aluo
Former Super Eagles Coach, Samson Siasia has been unveiled as the Games Ambassador of Adron Games 2018, even as another ex international, Waidi Akanni is to serve as Consultant for the event billed to run from October 12-14 at the Sports Complex of Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Lagos.
ADRON Games is an annual fitness and bonding initiative by ADRON Homes, a leading real estate and property development company in Nigeria, which brings many stakeholders together and promote fitness among the workers, contractors, home owners and the public.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony which took place on Monday, September 17, the Group Managing Director of Adron Homes and Properties, Oba Adetona Emmanuel King said Siasia personifies and symbolises the characteristics of the Fitness and Bonding initiative which is a conduit to appreciate and encourage healthy lifestyle, innovation, communication and knowledge.
Oba Emmanuel King added that they were glad that the former Super Eagles Player and Coach agreed to become the Ambassador for the Games which he described as an educational and integrating tool aimed at promoting fitness and healthy living, while fostering healthy relationships.
Against the backdrop of this year’s theme which is “Fitness First”, the property mogul averred that there is a remarkable unifying power in sports, which as universally upheld, is the key to building a better future.
He said : “Playing sports is not all just about winning at all cost. The passion and the love for the game that we start out with can be lost if that was the sole objective. Wins are great, championships are great, but there is something so unifying about sport in its purest form.
“The people sitting around you are also what this is all about: forging new friendships, forming new relationships. The friendships and bonding we make in the games will last much longer than the memory of a loss or a bad game. In 20 years you may not remember your team’s record, but you will remember the bonds you have formed by being a participant in the 2018 Adron Games.”
Introduced in 2014 as a vehicle to inspire healthy living and team spirit, promote a culture of togetherness, create leadership, foster new relationships and provide incentives and rewards, the 3rd edition of the games has a number of sporting activities and other games to make the event exciting and rewarding for participants.
Activities for the games include a March pass, track and field events with contestants grouped in four different teams and a soccer competition with six regions namely, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Ogun, Ibadan, FCT Abuja and the Adron Head Office.
There will also be an Adron Building Challenge involving members of the public, who would be shortlisted into teams and challenged with the task of building together a given structure within a specified time.
While commending Adron Homes and Property for their laudable initiative, the Games Ambassador, Siasia, said the Adron Games 2018 underscored the importance that staying fit holds in not just our personal lives and output but of course also to our nation and economy.
According to Siasia who led Nigeria’s Dream Team to win bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Adron Homes is not only providing good houses for people to live in but has taken it some notches further by providing another unique avenue for the body to also be a befitting abode for the soul and spirit, calling the property outfit a holistic home provider.
“Physical activity and exercise is important for everyone. Children, adolescents, and adults of all ages need regular physical activity. Physical activity promotes good health, and you should stay active throughout all stages of your life regardless of your body type. Understanding the benefits of physical fitness and knowing how active you should be can help you maintain good health and improve your overall quality of life,” Siasia stated.
Waidi Akanni on his part said adequate arrangements have been made in the areas of medical, security and crowd control.
“We are putting in place all that we need to have a success outing,” Akanni stated.
According to a press statement issued by Adron Homes, the Games, packaged to be fun as much as it can, will also feature side attractions with a game center, a musical concert and comedy moments with some of Nigeria’s talented comedians performing.
The release added that some of Adron ambassadors including Alabi Pasuma and Small Doctor have also been billed to perform at this year’s games and there will be a raffle draw at the games with a cash prize of N1m awarded the winner, while N750,000, N500,000 and N250,000 will be given the 1st, 2nd and 3rd runners- up respectively.
Other prizes to be won in the games include, refrigerators, Generators, TV sets, Air – conditioners and deep freezers.
The release concluded that, to qualify for the games, prospective participants are to register at: www.adrongamesvillage.com while entry into the games village will attract a fee of N500.