Ghana’s NFL star Ezekiel ''Ziggy'' Ansah is set to host his third annual Football camp this month in Accra.
The camp which seeks to discover and nurture talents will see hundreds of senior high school students from all over the country participate. The participants will be taken through a number of techniques and skills in playing American football.
The camp has been scheduled for Saturday, 29 June 2019 and will take place at the University of Ghana Main Field.
According to the organizers, the main purpose of hosting the event annually is to promote healthy living, physical education, teamwork and demonstrating the discipline to work hard towards one's goals.
The former Detroit Lions Pro Bowl pass rusher, who joined the Seattle Seahawks on a one-year contract, is confident this year’s football camp will be greater than the previous years.
“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, it has been great so far. I am looking forward to making it even bigger and better than previous years,” Ziggy said.
Throughout the years the defensive end player has given back to society and continues to reach out more to deprived people through the Ezekiel Ansah Foundation, a non-for profit organization 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.
To participate, in the 3rd Ezekiel Ansah Football Camp register at www.eafghana.org
PROFILE of EZEKIEL NANA ANSAH
Ezekiel Nana Ansah is a Ghanaian who played American Football for the Detroit Lions and is currently signed to play for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL).
He is the youngest of five children. Edward Richmond Ansah, his father, worked for a petroleum company and Elizabeth, his mother a nurse.
Ezekiel grew up playing soccer and was introduced to the game of basketball by his brother.
He developed his basketball interests and abilities at junior high school at the Golden Sunbeam Montessori School and played on the school's basketball team, leading them to win several trophies.
During his years in senior high school at the Presbyterian Boys' Senior Secondary School (PRESEC), he participated actively on the school's basketball team as well as track and field.
He moved to the United States of America and attended the Brigham Young University (BYU), after high school and studied Actuarial Science, major in statistics.
He tried out for the BYU Cougars men's basketball team and he was not successful. He then spent a season running track (100 and 200 meters) and competing in the triple jump.
He had no knowledge of American Football when he arrived in BYU but with the urging of his friend he eventually took interest and tried out for the BYU Cougars Football team.
With hard work, he impressed the coach, Bronco Mendenhall, who saw so much potential in him and gave Ezekiel an opportunity to join the team.
He played very well during his last two years at BYU. Ansah was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the fifth overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft. On May 10, 2013, the Detroit Lions signed him to a fully guaranteed four-year, $18.59 million contract with a signing bonus of $11.90 million.
After six years at Detroit, he moved to join Seattle Seahawks on May 2019, signing a one-year, $9 million deal.