Youth basketball in the Cayman Islands raised funds at the start of Pirates Week.
Cayman’s Youth Development Basketball Programme, an initiative of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association, had a stall at the food festival after Saturday’s traditional Pirates Landing pageant. Programme participants, under the watchful eye of national coach Daniel Augustine, manned the area and sold refreshments to the public.
The programme is alive and well and its young members are working hard with their fundraising skills. Augustine is helping the players participate in as many fundraisers as possible including snack sales at all games and walkathons. Funds raised are used to help with the programme’s end of season awards, socials and travel to summer camps abroad among other things.
Held weekly on Thursdays and Fridays under the coaching tutelage of Augustine and technical director Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro, the programme was created in 2003 and has recently operated out of Kings Sports Centre. Currently the programme boasts 60 children registered between the ages of eight and 16. It is open to any child interested in learning social skills, life skills and commitment goals through the sport of basketball.
The main objectives of the programme is to enhance sports and education qualities in all participants, develop a healthy lifestyle for all, teach individual and team skills through basketball and impart positive goals through discipline and transition techniques from adolescence to adulthood.
Programme media officer Paulette Conolly-Bailey expressed gratitude and thanks to all the many sponsors and people in the community who has helped the programme along the way.
“There are so many people who have given and continue to lend a hand to us we would not want to leave anyone out so we say thanks to all and we appreciate the support,” Mrs. Conolly-Bailey said.