By Segun Oniyide
This Tournament was organised by Lagos state to encourage grassroots sports development in the region, the maiden South-West Secondary School Sports Festival tagged DAWN Games will be hosted by the Lagos State Government in May 2014.
DAWN, which is an acronym for Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, brings together the government of the six states of South West Nigeria – Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun and Lagos, and this will help secure more unity within the states participating in the Tournament.
The DAWN Games are expected to create a forum for youth in the region to harness their sporting talents while also encouraging mass participation in sports at the grassroots level.
The development of Sports at the grassroots is a major way of taking our youths off the streets and can help them to concentrate on the game and to improve themselves too.
The maiden edition which will hold from 16 to 24 May, 2014, and it will involve athletes in junior secondary schools, (JSS) and senior secondary schools (SSS) in the South-West states and will feature 12 sports -athletics, badminton, basketball, chess, football, gymnastics, scrabble, swimming, table tennis, tennis, taekwondo and volleyball..