Who We Are

Founder's Story

“Generosity consists not of the sum given, but the manner in
which it is bestowed.”

Growing up playing basketball in Africa, Adeola Ajayi understands first-hand the challenges and obstacles associated with extreme poverty and a lack of access to proper facilities and equipment. Despite these challenges, Adeola was focused to succeed. Through countless hours of dedication, practice and some good fortune, Adeola earned a college scholarship in the USA.

This was a dream come true for him and is for all kids able to attain a similar opportunity. Upon his arrival in 2009, Adeola started to notice sharp pains on both of his shins. With access to medical care, he discovered a stress fracture on both legs. He had to undergo two major surgeries in the same week and subsequently lost his scholarship. Looking back on his childhood and the years he spent training in Africa, Adeola realized playing on concrete floors without proper basketball shoes or footwear at all was a major contributor to his injuries.

Adeola drew upon these personal experiences and was inspired to help others and make a difference. In 2019, he founded the Adeola Ajayi Foundation – a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation with the goal of changing this reality and the lives of countless boys and girls on the African continent. “My Passion is to use the great game of basketball as a conduit to educate and enrich the lives of African children, in hopes they may reach their individual potential and make their own positive impact on the world.” -Adeola Ajayi.

Our mission is focused on educating and empowering underprivileged children in Africa. We create a safe environment through infrastructure investment and improvement. We provide proper fitting equipment, and recruit professional coaches, teachers and mentors to educate, nurture and inspire our participants and the surrounding communities.

How We Do It

Each year, The Adeola Ajayi Foundation has open enrollment for individuals who would like to participate in the one-week camp. Through charitable donations, improvements are made to facilities, necessary equipment is given to the children, staff is recruited, and all meals and beverages are provided. All donations directly impact the education and experience of our participants and their communities.

Why We Do It

The Adeola Ajayi Foundation was founded in 2019. Adeola recognized the need in his childhood community to create an educational opportunity through basketball to mentor and foster the next generation of entrepreneurs. The organization has grown year over year on the belief that education and hard work are the best ways to make a positive impact on the children involved, their families and their communities.
Fun Facts

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Over 600 Campers
in attendance
Over 3000 Meals
1 Basketball court has been
Over 2500 Equipment

The Adeola Ajayi Foundation Team

Our Work would not be possible without the dedication and passion of our volunteers.
Adeola Ajayi grew up Sango Ota, Nigeria and earned a high school basketball scholarship that brought him to the United States in 2009. He played high school basketball at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, GA.

Adeola Ajayi

Curtis Berry attended the University of Missouri as a student athlete and graduated with a Bachelor of Educational Studies and a Master’s in Education Leadership. As a freshman basketball player, Berry averaged 6.8 points a game in 1978, and in his sophomore year, he led the team in rebounding.

Curtis Berry

Director of Basketball Development
Olumide Onafye graduated from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom with a Bachelor Degree in Sports and Exercise Science.

Olumide Onafuye

Operations Manager

Corporate Sponsorships

Special thanks to our corporate sponsors. Your generosity has helped us make a lasting impact on thousands of children.
To learn about becoming a partner, contact us at: support@gadeolaajayifoundation.org or +1 (417) 365-2842

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