McKeeva lauds Orlando Magic camp

The leader of the Cayman Islands had high praise for a recent summer basketball camp.

Premier McKeeva Bush congratulated the Cayman Islands Basketball Association for putting on its third annual Orlando Magic camp earlier this month.

“The continuing partnership between the Magic, the basketball association and the Department of Tourism allows scores of young Caymanian basketball players to learn from some of the best in the sport in this annual camp,” Bush said. “This is a welcome opportunity through which the talents of our young players can be discovered and nurtured. I am pleased that this summer camp continues to be a part of our sports tourism calendar.”

This year’s Magic camp took place at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre. The week-long endeavour saw a number of children aged 7-16 learn basketball fundamentals from coaches affiliated with the Magic. The featured player was Charles ‘Bo’ Outlaw (a former player in the National Basketball Association).

Outlaw is the third Magic basketball figure to come to these shores. The inaugural camp brought in former great Nick Anderson and last year’s edition featured eight-time All-Star Vince Carter. At the time Carter was a member of the Magic but would eventually be traded to the Phoenix Suns last season.

In addition to Outlaw the camp had another story-line in the presence of Luis Fort, 11. The Florida native won a trip to take part in the camp and enjoy Grand Cayman through a DOT sweepstakes. The young man and his mum Noemi enjoyed a four-night stay at Sunshine Suites, round-trip airfare on Cayman Airways and complimentary entry to the Cayman Turtle Farm, the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and Pedro St. James Castle.

All of those facts are pleasing to Acting Director of Tourism Shomari Scott. The head coach for national men’s champion the Dominos Warriors, Scott states it is the latest in a positive partnership.

“Partnering with the Orlando Magic presents an exciting and viable opportunity to bring visibility of the Cayman Islands to a new audience of young basketball players and their families,” Scott said. “Direct benefits to the destination include exposure for Cayman on a dedicated page on the Magic youth basketball site and inclusion in 16,000 promotional brochures. Additionally, the DOT will be able to leverage the relationship by directly marketing to the Orlando Magic’s summer camp database of 7,500 families to promote family-friendly offers such as Cayman Summer Splash.”

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