Florida youth enjoys local camp

Florida resident 11 year-old Luis Fort recently had a dream summer camp experience in the Cayman Islands.

Fort took part in the annual Orlando Magic basketball camp, hosted by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association and sponsored by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.

Luis won the prize trip, courtesy of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, which offered a sweepstakes whereby young basketball players in Florida could have the opportunity to participate in the camp.

Luis was accompanied by his mother Noemi Fort and the two stayed at Sunshine Suites, which donated the four-night stay in support of the programme. Round-trip airfare was provided courtesy of Cayman Airways. The pair also received complimentary entry to popular island attractions in the Cayman Turtle Farm, the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and Pedro St. James Castle.

Mum Noemi states she was grateful for the visit here.

“I sincerely thank the Orlando Magic for this opportunity for Luis,” Fort said. “He had an amazing time. Every time I looked at him, he had a huge smile on his face. The coaches were very professional, they all went above and beyond any of my expectations and they made us feel right at home.

“The excursions were perfect. We loved the Dolphin experience and the Cayman Turtle Farm. Our driver Chris was very accommodating and the hotel accommodation was great.”

The week-long camp was held at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre. There Luis learnt basketball fundamentals from Orlando Magic coaches such as Tom Conrad, Brian Wright, Adam Branch, Adam Teal and Benson Callier. This year’s special guest Charles ‘Bo’ Outlaw (a former pro who played for several teams including the Magic) was a highlight of the camp for the young players, who were all aged 7-16.

Michael Loulan, Client Services Coordinator for the Orlando Magic, thanked the Department of Tourism for facilitating the camp.

“It was a pleasure working with the DOT,” Loulan said. “Everyone was pleasant and helpful and provided service which went above and beyond, which made all the difference.”

Last year’s Magic camp featured basketball legend Vince Carter, an eight-time National Basketball Association All-Star selection. Some time after the camp Carter was traded from the Magic to his current team the P
hoenix Suns.

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