Daniel Augustine is getting basketball prodigies ready to soar overseas.
The national men’s team coach helps coordinate the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Youth Development Basketball Programme, which has plans to send kids to Florida camps this summer and US schools this Fall. Augustine states fundraising efforts are being planned to realize those initiatives.
“We’re doing a car wash to start with funds being gathered for a youth competition slated for next year and possibly for them to attend school,” Augustine said. “Some of them are seeking to go to high school abroad this year.
“The car wash will also represent the boys raising money to go for the camps. The boys will also have sponsorship forms on them that will serve as another means of soliciting funds.”
The car wash is slated for 25 May at Wendy’s restaurant on West Bay Road, from 8am to 2pm. Funds will go towards attending two camps on 14-26 July, in the Billy Mims Camp at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne and the Five Star Basketball Camp at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Local players did well in Florida last year. Philip Webb earned the slam dunk trophy at the Billy Mims Camp and was named an all-star at the Five Star camp. Dominic Martucci garnered certificates for being on the winning team for the five-on-five competitions. Jamaal Miller earned a trophy at the Melbourne camp in the lay-up competition with Christopher Collins being named a pro level all-star.
The development programme remains headquartered at Kings Sports Centre. Targeting kids aged 8-16, sessions run year-round on Thursdays and Fridays at 3.30pm to 5.30pm with stoppages for holidays and school breaks.
It operates under the leadership of 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.
Augustine states the programme has spawned a new group aimed at national team representation.
“We have a new group affiliated with the programme in the CI Hoopsters, which is basically the national Under-19 developmental team. Most of the guys who were on the national U15 team and John Gray U16 team are on it like Juawon Ebanks, Arin Taylor, Jamel Winton and Reuben Barnes.
“The CI Hoopsters programme aims to develop future national team players to play for Cayman in years to come.”
For more information, call Daniel Augustine at 938-0185 or e-mail [email protected]