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Wes Edens and His Passion for Sports Activities

When Wes Edens graduated from Oregon State University, he secured a job at California Savings and Loan. He also got opportunities to work at other top financial institutions, including Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers, where he worked for almost a decade. After many years of working at different organizations, Wes Edens decided to make a bold move and take on large projects.

One of the achievements he is proud of was establishing Fortress Investment Group and acquiring Milwaukee Bucks. The American businessman has shown his love for sports throughout his career. With each year, he often records several successes. During his tenure at Fortress Investment Group, Wes Edens ensured the diversification of investments. The investment management firm invested in the energy sector through New Fortress Energy.

New Fortress Energy and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) announced a partnership that makes the energy firm a founding partner. The first BAL season is set to kick off on May 16, 2021, in Rwanda and involve 12 teams from various African countries. The finals are scheduled for May 30, 2021.

This will be the first time the energy firm is sponsoring a professional sports event. It will use the events to encourage affordable and renewable solutions and increase awareness of ongoing environmental programs across Africa. New Fortress Energy and the basketball league are also expected to work with an organization known as Trees for the Future to acquire and distribute over 100,000 trees to local farmers in Senegal and other parts of the continent.

According to Wes Edens, BAL and his company will contribute three trees for every three-pointer made throughout the season. The organizers will also engage fans on social media platforms during the initiative. After the end of the season, the energy company will also collaborate with BAL to organize an Africa Youth Summit scheduled in Senegal.

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