The now annual junior Basketball camp on Nevis, got on the way on Monday 22nd August at the Grell hull-Stevens Netball Complex.
A brief ceremony preceded the on court training, which was ably chaired by Romel Tobias, President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Basketball Association (SKNBA).
He noted that the training of the youngsters who range from 6 to 16 years of age, goes beyond just teaching them the fundamentals of the game of Basketball, but seeks to help them to develop in a holistic manner.
He stated that the camp materializes every year, due to the collaborative efforts of the St. Kitts –Nevis Olympic committee (SKNOC); The St. Kitts-Nevis Basketball Association (SKNBA) and the Ministry of Sports on Nevis.
Additionally, this year, there is the Basketball training team out of St. Thomas known as GREAT ADVENTURE, whose members have been coordinating annual camps on their island for some time now.
Director of Sports, Jamir Claxton thanked the SKNBA and the SKNOC for coordinating the camp and noted that with such training, the ultimate goal is that one day, Nevis may well be able to produce one or more international Basketball players.
Head Coach of Great Adventure, Wayne Harvey, noted that they have been running a similar camp in St. Thomas for the past 10 years.
He then formally introduced his full team.
He pointed out that the philosophy of his team is ‘No BOOKS NO BALL.’
He opined that before people can speak about crime prevention, they must first speak about youth development
Director of operations of the camp, Jamar Browley, noted that his team is well versed in delivering a good program, which includes training, flexibility and fundamental skills.
The children’s speed, agility, power and explosiveness, would also be severely tested.
The children have been engaged for the entire week, except for Wednesday when the camp was not possible, due to the effects of Tropical storm GASTON.
The camp is expected to conclude today, Friday 26th August.