Young women have another option on the court in the Cayman Islands.
DREAM Basketball Club started its Spring term last month and hosts sessions every Saturday at the Triple C indoor school gym from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Both experienced players and beginners who are interested in learning to play basketball are welcome.
The club was officially launched in October 2013 and is a basketball development program for girls age 7-17 that aims to provide opportunities for personal growth and development of young women in Cayman. Among the players involved is Josannah Watson, who was rookie of the year in the recent Dominos Under-19 girls basketball league. The program is designed to reinforce positive influences, values, self-confidence and self-esteem so that the female players can excel both on and off the court.
Club head coach Wendy Manzanares has been coaching youth basketball in Cayman for the past five years. Manzanares is a former member of the Cayman Islands women’s national basketball team who played and also coached the Home Gas Flames in the national women’s basketball league. She served as assistant coach to the Under-16 girls national basketball team that competed at the Under-15 CBC Tournament in Mexico in 2012.
The acronym DREAM stands for Dedication, Responsibility, Education, Attitude, Motivation, which Manzanares confirms are all very important aspects in being successful and becoming a leader in today’s society.
“There are many positive benefits of using sports to develop our young people to become better citizens and successful leaders that contribute positively to society,” she said. “Not every player will end up earning an athletic scholarship but the aim is for them to carry over positive attitudes and commitment to their studies and their lives.”
Manzanares plans to take a group of young ladies from the program overseas to attend a basketball camp this summer.
As the club is newly formed, it is seeking support from the community through sponsorship from people or companies interested in contributing to the program.
For more information, contact 926-4936 or email [email protected]