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TORONTO - Masai Ujiri remembers being a boy attending a basketball camp in his native northern Nigeria, and the excitement of being given an Hakeem Olajuwon T-shirt.It was a small gesture with a big impact.My eyes were so wide, to get that T-shirt was unbelievable, Ujiri said.Ujiri speaks passionately about the power of sports to change lives. Hes seen it first-hand through his Giants of Africa camp and Basketball Without Borders, and is himself living proof as the president and general manager of the Toronto Raptors.Its a determination he shared with the late Nelson Mandela, who Ujiri and the Raptors will celebrate Friday in an all-star benefit.How many people in those kinds of positions ever have any kind of relations with sport in some ways other than being like a guest of honour or something? Ujiri said in a phone interview Thursday. But Nelson Mandela, with what he did with rugby, the way he supported sports, I thought it was so impactful because he said it best: sports has the power to impact people and society, and youth. And so I think its a great message for us, its not only a great game, but its a great day to spread that message around the world that we are blessed to have sports and we are blessed to participate in something fun like this.When South Africa won the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Mandela famously donned the Springbok sweater, a gesture he hoped would help unite his racially-fragmented country.Friday marks the one-year anniversary since Mandelas death at the age of 95.Ujiri has assembled an all-star lineup for the event, including NBA legends Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and Dikembe Mutombo, along with UN Goodwill Ambassador and 1999 Miss Universe winner Mpule Kwelagobe. Other guests include Raptors alumnus Tracy McGrady, Toronto Maple Leaf goaltender Jonathan Bernier and Leafs president Brendan Shanahan, former Toronto Argonauts star Michael (Pinball) Clemons, deputy commissioner of the NBA Mark Tatum and Amadou Fall, vice-president of NBA Africa. Funds raised will go to both the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Ujiris Giants of Africa.Ujiri founded Giants of Africa in 2003, both as a means to enrich the lives of children in Africa, and to shine a spotlight on the abundance of untapped talent there.He signed a deal with Nike to outfit the players. He sees himself in the kids he helps.You see these kids, their faces when you give them shoes and you give them gear, socks and shorts and jerseys and T-shirts, its remarkable how that affects them in some kind of way, and how they want to play the sport more, and even dedicate themselves more, Ujiri said. But its come to a point where I look at myself, and say: We have to look at it even beyond playing. I say How do we really use basketball as a tool? Because now sports has become so general, its important to expose Africa and kids to other aspects of sport.What about sports medicine, and sports journalism, and sports agencies, coaching, and all the different things that you can do in sports, he said. It doesnt have to be making the NBA or it doesnt have to be playing. You can figure out how you can use basketball as a tool and guidance to maybe do something very very reasonable and very very good for your life, and to grow.It doesnt necessarily have to be playing basketball. Im the prime example of that.The six-foot-four Ujiri played basketball in the U.S. at Bismarck State College, and then spent six years playing professionally in Europe. He virtually chiselled out a post-playing career for himself, working as an unpaid scout for the Orlando Magic. He paid his own way on trips at times, and bunked with other scouts and players.He went on to be an international scout for Denver and Toronto, then won NBA executive of the year in 2013 with Denver, where he was the first African-born GM of a major North American sports team. He returned to Toronto to be the teams president and GM in 2013.Ujiri said his summer trips to Africa are the times he looks forward to most. Going spending it in the grinds of not only travelling in Africa and seeing different cultures and different people, but seeing different communities and people, and what makes them tick and what makes them live, and how they live happy, and some of the struggles that they have. It puts life in perspective, Ujiri said. Its a huge part of who I am and what I want to do.Our concentration is sports and how we can build sports, and going into communities to help, whether its teaching basketball, whether its us figuring out charities or foundations that we can help, or us figuring out little courts that we can build, or give them a net, give a basketball team basketballs . . . those are the things we want to continue to build and grow over there. Thats the impact it has on me when I go back in the summer, he said.A big believer in never forgetting where youve come from, Ujiri said his experiences in Africa remain with him in his daily work back in Toronto with the Raptors.Honestly, it puts things in perspective, he said. We take things for granted a lot of times, and I would never forget to be humbled by the position that I am in, and the blessings that I have to be in this position, with such good people around me that give me that opportunity to go help other Africans, and other youth.I have to be a voice, and I have to make an impact on other people. If not, what Im doing here means really nothing.Fridays celebration will begin with a panel discussion. It will continue into Fridays Raptors game versus the Cleveland Cavaliers, with video tributes. The Raptors will wear special edition shooting shirts and management will don Giant of Africa lapel pins. The Giant of Africa T-shirts will be for sale, featuring Mandelas five pillars; being a leader, fighting for freedom, creating a better future, committing to the community and using sport to inspire change. Proceeds from sales go to Giants of Africa. Jason Denayer Jersey . 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The Dutchman moved above Taylor on leg difference after last weeks matches in Birmingham and the top two return to action on Thursday night, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7pm.All four play-off spots are yet to be decided and precious points are up for grabs as players attempt to secure a place at the season-ending night at The O2. James Wade v Peter Wright Peter Wright is still in the hunt for a top-four spot This is a win-or-bust encounter for both players, who desperately need a victory to keep alive their hopes of snatching a spot in the top four.Wade and Wright are both three points adrift of fourth-placed Lewis, but had differing fortunes in their matches last week. Peter Wright goes undefeated on week 13 of the Premier League Darts after a win over Phil Taylor and a draw against Gary Anderson An inspired Van Gerwen inflicted a 7-1 thumping on the shellshocked Wade, while Wright defeated Phil Taylor in his opening match before pinching the final leg to claim a draw in his closing match with Gary Anderson.Gary Anderson v Robert Thornton Gary Anderson will be expected to defeat fellow Scotsman Robert Thornton Anderson has all but assured his play-off place as only an unlikely sequence of results would see the reigning champion fail to qualify.But The Flying Scotsman will want to end the campaign on a high and starts as a hot favourite against his struggling countryman. Gary Anderson has a close Premier League Darts victory over Raymond van Barneveld Thornton suffered a 7-2 thrashing against Lewis last week, his 10th defeat of the competition, and has been hampered by a foot problem and a lack of form since the start.ddddddddddddMichael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld Raymond van Barneveld defeated his Dutch rival at this years World Darts Championship Van Gerwen was at his ruthless best against Wade, hitting seven out of nine darts at a double, as he reinforced his status as the sports top player.In stark contrast, Van Barneveld looked crestfallen after a 7-5 loss to Anderson, which extinguished any faint hopes of a play-off place. Michael van Gerwen hits a bullseye check out to go 4-0 up against James Wade But Barney still relishes any showdown with his Dutch rival and the pair produced an entertaining draw on night nine.Adrian Lewis v Phil Taylor A win would keep Phil Taylor in touch with leader Van Gerwen Taylors surprise 7-4 defeat to Wright was a rare slip-up in a consistent season for the six-time winner and victory over Lewis would set-up an exciting duel with Van Gerwen.The Power will travel to Rotterdam next week for his meeting with Van Gerwen, the last match of the regular campaign, and would relish the chance to finish in first place.Lewis is still looking over his shoulder in fourth place, despite a three point cushion, and a win would guarantee his attendance at The O2.Watch all of this weeks Premier League matches on Thursday night from 7pm on Sky Sports 1. Or watch for £6.99 without a contract, on NOW TV. 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