Kings kids soar

Youth basketball at Kings recently came to a close for the Christmas holidays. Some of its star participants were awarded for their efforts by members of the Cayman community.

This month saw an awards ceremony for the Kings youth basketball program, hosted by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association. Technical director for Cayman basketball Victor “Voot” O’Garro and national mens coach Daniel Augustine were on hand to dole out prizes and trophies from a host of entities. Among them were Funky Tangs, Winners Circle, the 345 Collection, Church of God and the Department of Sports. Foster’s Food Fair provided refreshments.

Among the notable winners were La-Torae Nixon, Travis Manzanares (both for outstanding work ethic) and Avondre Nixon (mental toughness). Many of the up-and-coming talents in the sport were also honoured including Kemar Scott (outstanding work ethic), Taylor Reid (outstanding effort) and Peter Grant (outstanding leadership abilities).

Interestingly Kings Sports Centre has quietly been one of the major partners of local basketball for many years. Local hoops switched the venue for its youth program to Kings after hurricane Ivan damaged the Lions Centre six years ago. From concessions on the hourly rental fee to full use of the facility, Kings has done a lot to keep the program going. Kings owner Rex Ebanks states his company is more than willing to assist basketball grow in Cayman.

“Kings Sports Centre has been a big supporter of Coach Voot and the other coaches from the basketball programme for several years,” Ebanks said. “Since we first started sponsoring the after-school programme a few years ago, the number of kids involved has grown both in numbers and overall talent. The Cayman community should be proud of the efforts by these coaches and players. We’re very proud to continue to do our part to help keep the sport flourishing.”

Coach Augustine states that having the kids in the program goes beyond improving the sport of basketball.

“Our objective is to ensure youth sports education,” Augustine said. “We want to enhance their chances of building a healthy lifestyle and team skills through the sport of basketball. We hope by displaying positive skills for these kids once they go from programme to programme it will serve as a mind-set for future development.”

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