Charlestown, Nevis (July 29th 2015):- President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Basketball Association (SKNABA), Mr. Romel Tobias, referred to it as a National Summer Camp.
This in reference to the Basketball camp for children, which commenced at the Grell Hull-Stevens Netball complex on Monday 27th July.
Tobias stated that he longs for the day when he would hear that there were at least 100 children waiting to take part in the camp and urged the members of the local association to make even greater efforts in encouraging parents to send their children to the camp.
He noted that a second camp will be held in St.Kitts after the completion of this one, which will be geared to the children on that island.
Vice President of the Nevis Amateur Basketball Association, Miss Veronica Brandy, indicated that there were currently 33 children participating in the one week camp which commenced on Monday 27th July and because of upcoming national holidays, will conclude on Wednesday 5th August, with a closing ceremony at 10 am.
The camp caters to children ranging in age from 6 to 16.
The three coaches present, also spoke to the media: Justin Belle; Kelvin Bramble and Jeffrey Lewis, all indicated that so far things have been going well and stated that the children appeared keen to learn the new skills.
Bramble who is currently a student at Baker University in the USA and who is on a Basketball scholarship, stated that his studies and Basketball games for his university are going well and noted that he was happy to give back to the children.
The children will be taught the basic skills of Basketball which include: Passing; dribbling and shooting.
Emphasis is also being placed on team work, hard work, committment and the competitive nature of the game.
In addition to the on court training exercises, guest speakers are brought in on a daily basis to interact with the children and teach them life skills.
On Monday 27th July, a few individuals who have benefited from Basketball scholarships spoke to the children about such opportunities and aspects of college life.
On Tuesday 28th July, Miss Alisha Morton of Crime Stoppers, spoke to the children about crime prevention and handed them relevant tokens.