Foster’s assist Eckerd ballers

Youth basketball in Cayman is getting more community support.

Foster’s Food Fair has provided sponsorship for a trip to this year’s Eckerd College summer camp in St Petersburg, Florida. The journey is for members of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Youth Development Basketball Programme.

A cheque presentation was recently held to mark the sponsorship. On hand were Foster’s Food Fair representative Vickie Mitchell and youth players Melissa Bridgemohan, Arin Taylor and Yolanni Manzanares.

The programme has been staging various fundraisers in anticipation of the trip. Recently, almost eight hundred dollars was earned at a fundraising car wash with the support of Wendy’s, Tony’s Toys and Hurley’s supermarket.

The upcoming camp is not a new initiative. Last year four of the participants won gold medals in their individual divisions and it is hoped that more hardware can be earned this year.

For the record, the programme is currently headquartered at Kings Sports Centre. It operates under the leadership of national men’s coach Daniel Augustine, technical director for Cayman basketball Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro with help from coaches like Bruce Reynolds.

The programme grooms aspiring talents for local and international competitions, such as the upcoming Caribbean Basketball Confederation Under-15 Youth Championships in Puerto Rico.

For more information, call programme media officer Paulette Conolly-Bailey at 916-3081.