On Saturday, NFL star Ezekiel Ansah, who plays for Detriot Lions, hosted the second edition of his football camp at his alma mater Presbyterian Boys Senior High School, and the turnout was amazing.
Over 500 students from second cycle schools attended the camp. The students were taken through the various techniques and skills used in playing American football.
''It [the massive turnout] tells me that I have a lot of support in Ghana, which is great. The kids here are passionate about the sport, passionate about being great and I'm happy to be here with them,'' the 29-year-old told the media.
''My mission is to inspire the kids. This is one thing that I have really been passionate about. Growing up I never had anybody coming down [to Ghana] to do a football camp for me.''
''But it's something I learnt in the states. NFL stars hold football camps during the summer and I was thinking it would be best to come to Ghana and do it too. It has been great so far. I am looking forward to extending the camp to other regions in the coming years.''
The aim of the camp is to introduce a set of skills often thought in the sports of American football while promoting the importance of physical education, teamwork and demonstrating the discipline to work hard towards one's goals.
With hard work, dedication and support from family and friends, Ziggy was able to capitalize on an opportunity to travel to the United States to further his education and pursue his athletic dreams, eventually becoming one of the most successful Defensive Ends in the National Football League.
Throughout his journey, while Ziggy has been grateful for all the opportunities that he has received, he has always known that the key to his accomplishments lie within him.
Ziggy is passionate about giving back both to the community in Ghana that gave him his foundation as well as the community he has come to love in the US.
The Ezekiel Ansah Foundation is a non-for profit organisation that strongly believes that with the right support and opportunity, they can steer youth on the right path and help them realize that they are, in fact, the answer to their own success.
Ezekiel attended Presbyterian Boys' Senior Secondary School (PRESEC) and graduated to study Actuarial Science, majored in Statistics at the Brigham Young University (BYU). He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 2013 National Football League (NFL) Draft. His jersey number is 94 and plays the defensive end.