Brackers loved to hoop it up

The buzz around local basketball is
not just limited to Grand Cayman. As a recent camp shows the appeal of the
sport is very big in the Sister Islands.

This month Cayman’s national men’s coach
Daniel Augustine and national women’s coach Redver Ebanks led a basketball camp
in Cayman Brac. A staple of the usual summer camp offerings over the years,
some 40 kids came out to the Cayman Brac high school court for basketball
drills and exhibition matches.

Coach Augustine said the camp was a
good showcase for basketball and Cayman Brac talent. “This year’s camp was a
great success, it’s almost never a challenge to extend our knowledge to our
Sister Islands,” Augustine said. “Every year it keep’s getting better. This
year we had 40 children registered and 36 consistently participating.

“Seeing this sense of eagerness
from the campers makes the trip easier to attend yearly. This year Redver and I
had the opportunity to seek talent with a handful of talented youths to choose
from. We were blessed with the presence from the Deputy Premier Juliana
O’Connor Connolly, who spoke about basketball becoming more of a popular sport
in Cayman Brac.

“Ultimately Redver and I were
pleased with the turnout and we’re looking forward in working again with camp
directors Mitchum Sanford and Ventisha Connolly (who is with the Sports
Association of the Sister Islands).”

A steady presence at the various
youth leagues in Cayman, Augustine went on to say player development is crucial
to the sport’s growth in the Sister Islands.

“With
the latest growth in the sport, I’m looking into having more competitions going
on with the Brac. We’ve always invited Mitchum to bring a team over here and
play. We have to make preparations for that to keep the ball rolling. In
addition Mitchum has told me that he’s organising a league over there to start
this September. He indicated they have five teams or so and the jerseys are on
order. When that happens I’m looking forward to doing a clinic with coaches and
players.

“My over-riding focus with
basketball is to make sure focus is on the youth. It’s no secret that basketball
can be an incentive to stay in school and can serve as a means of bettering
their education.”

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