Local basketball’s youth academy saw its last session before the Christmas break.
At First Baptist Church earlier this month the finale saw a few quirks. An exhibition match was held with the oldest participants and a team from Cayman Brac, with the Brac losing a tight game.
Cayman Islands Basketball Association technical director and academy head Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro observed the proceedings. He states plans are in place to continue in the New Year.
“We’re off to a good start,” O’Garro said. “The kids have developed and many are using their talents in the ongoing Appleby Under-19 Basketball League. After the holidays we will be starting back on 14 January and adjusting our schedule to accommodate the Upward basketball camp, put on by First Baptist.”
Parents and players alike are impressed by the level of progress they have witnessed by the academy participants, such as starlet Hannah Parchment. All are being trained by O’Garro and his team of Fédération Internationale de Basketball certified coaches. Many of the academy instructors are top local coaches such as Duran ‘Trini’ Whittaker of the Wolves and Jonathan ‘JP’ Powery of the Shockwaves.
Generally speaking, children are learning more about the game and building skills that will equip them for life such as commitment, problem solving, sportsmanship, dedication and team work.
Academy Partner Digicel was on hand to present players with some Digicel bags filled with ‘goodies’ to encourage the children to continue to engage in positive activities and to focus on reaching their full potential. Digicel Marketing Communications Manager Sharez Laws stated that, “Digicel is proud to support organizations such as the basketball association that focus on youth development and provide as many opportunities as possible for Cayman’s youth.”
Aside from the academy and Upward camp, the inter-school U14 youth league will start 16 January. For more information e-mail [email protected]