Carter over for clinics for kids

Clearly Cayman basketball’s
partnership with the Orlando Magic will be a star-studded long-term affair.
Last year former great Nick Anderson came here. Now renowned guard/forward
Vince Carter will be the focus of attention.

Carter, 33, will be the featured
pro basketball player at next week’s second annual Cayman Islands Basketball
Association Orlando Magic basketball camp. The Arts and Recreation Centre at Camana
Bay plays host to the festivities for the second straight year 26-30 July.

Boys and girls aged seven to 16 are
encouraged to attend the four-day camp. Two sessions take place daily with a
morning section from 8.30am-12 noon for the seven to 11 age group. An afternoon
session is on from 12.30-4pm for the 12-16 age group. All skill levels are
welcomed.

A registration fee of CI$100 per
child is in effect for the camp. Participants receive a free camp T-shirt and
are eligible for giveaways, awards and random prizes. The camp features
basketball drills, skills contests and exhibition games led by members of the Orlando
Magic staff and top-rated youth coaches from Central Florida.

Last year Anderson, 41, came under
the title of Orlando’s team community ambassador. He stated he was happy to be
in Cayman for the first time and enjoyed the experience of coaching the roughly
75 kids at the camp. He also said he saw a number of talented players who had a
passion for the game. For the record Anderson had a 13-year pro career, spending
a decade with Orlando. The 6ft 6in alumnus of the University of Illinois was
known for his great perimeter shooting and his role in the 1995 NBA playoffs
that saw Orlando earn its first NBA Finals appearance.

Interestingly this year’s camp
comes 13 months since the Magic were last in the NBA Finals. Behind Dwight
Howard and Hedo Turkoglu Orlando represented the Eastern Conference in the 2009
Finals and were beaten by the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. The Lakers repeated
as NBA champs this season after beating the Boston Celtics in the Finals in
seven games. Orlando was knocked out in the conference finals in six games by
the Celtics.

Interested people are asked to sign up soon as space is limited. For
more information call 640-3641 or e-mail [email protected]

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