Scotland inspires hoop dreams

Promoting his vision to get all
children active, Minister of Youth and Sport Mark Scotland met with young
basketball players at the Department of Sports annual basketball summer camp.

Scotland told students that sport
is a positive force that can benefit them throughout life: “Apart from keeping
you healthy in body and mind, sports also presents you with many opportunities.
If you set your heart on it and train hard, you can one day reach a national
team or even get a scholarship.”

He also praised the children for
getting involved in a wholesome activity, instead of being idle: “Engaging in
healthy activities certainly keep you out of trouble,” he told his captive
audience.

The basketball camp was part of a
larger summer camp programme supported by the Ministry to give parents a choice
of “free, healthy and wholesome activities” in which to enrol their kids during
the summer.

Every year the Ministry and
Department of Sports work with non-governmental organisations and local businesses
to ensure that the majority of camps can be offered free of cost. “We believe
this endeavour will bear fruit on many levels: Our young talent will be able to
develop their sporting and life skills, and it will also encourage children to
put their vacation to good use,” Scotland said.

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