General Manager of the club Ifie Ozaka revealed to Chinaacheru.com that it was the tradition of the club to do this every season.
“It is a usual practice every season for players and management of the club to appreciate God for his goodness and mercies all through a successful season,” Ozaka said.
At the end of the 2015/2016 DSTV Basketball League regular season, members of the club visited the orphanage home with gifts and on Sunday, they took to Hilltop Christian Centre, Rumukalagbor, Port Harcourt to return their appreciation to God.
Ozaka opines that it is a method of showing how thankful they are for a wonderful season.
“It is always on our calendar every year we have been in the premier league. Both going to church and motherless babies’ homes, we don’t miss any of them it has become a principle for us and the only time we didn’t do these, was when we went out of the premier League.
“We believe it’s a way of giving back to the society and God in return give us in abundance. For church, that’s the only place we have to run to as we don’t have any spiritual houses and any other place to go.” said Ozaka.
After the church service, the team along with families, friends and well-wishers had lunch at Cinnamon and Sauces Restaurant along Trans Amadi road, Port Harcourt.
In the same vein, Rivers Hoopers head coach Ogoh Odaudu also concurred that there was a need to strengthen the bond within the club.
“It’s very important because we always believe in the spirit of bonding,” said Odaudu.
“We went to church to appreciate God for everything he has done for us. Hoopers started the season and no one gave us a chance but yet we finished third so there was need to go back and appreciate God and also have lunch together like we do during the league. More of this will still come before the start of the new season,” Odaudu revealed.
Rivers Hoopers finished third at the 2015/2016 DSTV Basketball League.