|Youths in action|
A record number of one hundred and seventy young basketball players and enthusiasts came out in full force for The Adonal Foyle summer camp in Bequia last Friday August 4th, in what can only be described as a fantastic day of basketball for all involved.
The Clive Tannis Hard court was alive with basketball activity as NBA star Adonal Foyle and his US based staff of twenty partnered with the local organizing committee of the Bequia Basketball Association to host the exciting event, the first of its kind on the island. The camp opened with addresses by Northern Grenadines parliamentary representative Dr Loraine Friday and Deputy Director of Grenadines Affairs, Mr. Herman Belmar, as well as Bequia President, Sabrina Mitchell, and Mr. Adonal Foyle himself Dr. Friday welcomed Adonal to Bequia and thanked him for the wonderful efforts he is making to develop the sport in the Grenadines. He also expressed appreciation to Bequia Basketball President Mitchell for her efforts to develop the game. Mr. Belmar echoed these sentiments and went on to extend high praises to Mitchell for her outstanding contribution.
He urged the participants to learn as much as they could from the experience, as we may be in the midst of a future NBA superstar from Bequia. Mr. Foyle thanked Bequia President for helping to co-ordinate the camp, and praised her efforts on behalf of the young people of the Grenadines. He added that the camps in the Southern Grenadines were a success, and he hopes to expand to the mainland next year. Mitchell expressed her gratitude to Adonal for everything he is doing for the young people and added that the camp in Bequia was a dream come true for her, as events that benefit the kids are close to her heart Mitchell added her gratitude to the government of SVG for granting duty free concessions to Mr. Foyle for the items which he imported to donate to the kids. She also thanked the volunteer committee for their time and dedication Grouped into four different groups from ages 6 to 18, the format of the camp was as follows: six basketball stations around the facility were set up, which included a shooting drills station, rebounding station, dribbling station, passing station, sports psychology station and HIV/AIDS awareness station.