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CASTRIES, St Lucia:
The Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball Clinics are back in the Caribbean for the second consecutive year.
The clinics, which tipped off in Bermuda on Friday, have brought together more than 500 boys, local coaches and for the first time girls, from nine Caribbean countries.
At the conclusion of the clinics, the top seven players in each market will be selected to attend the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Elite Camp in the British Virgin Islands, running from October 7-9.
The clinics, which are run by NBA International Basketball Operations staff and focus on player development, will feature the top boys and girls born between 1999 and 2001 from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The programme will once again feature coaching development opportunities for local coaches who participate in the Jumpstart clinics in each country.
Assistant NBA coaches Steven Silas (Charlotte Hornets), Matt Brase (Houston Rockets), Bob MacKinnon (Dallas Mavericks), Jim Moran (Portland Trailblazers), Tom Bialaszewski (Los Angeles Lakers) and Lloyd Pierce (Philadelphia 76ers) will be on hand to provide instruction at the camps.
“It is truly encouraging to watch these kids develop their talents to reach their full potential,” said Digicel Group Marketing Director Peter Lloyd.
“Our partnership with the NBA is helping to make a big difference in our communities and we are committed to developing and preserving sports across the region through grass-roots programmes like Jumpstart,” he added.
HAPPY TO PARTNER
Arnon de Mello, NBA Latin America vice-president and managing director, said: “We are proud to partner with Digicel to bring grass-roots basketball development to hundreds of young Caribbean players for the second straight year.
“As a leading operator in the Caribbean and a strategic NBA partner, Digicel shares our commitment to growing basketball in the region and teaching the values of the game, including teamwork, respect and leadership.”
Last year, Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball Clinics brought together more than 300 of the top male players, age 16 and under, from across the Caribbean. The top eight players from the Elite Camp visited NBA headquarters in New York City and attended an NBA game in Brooklyn, where they watched Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors take on the Brooklyn Nets.
Location Programme Dates
• Bermuda, August 26-28
– British Virgin Islands, September 2-4
– Grenada, September 2-4
– Barbados, September 9-11
– Turks and Caicos Islands, September 9-11
– Antigua and Barbuda, September 16-18
– Jamaica, September 16-18
– Dominica, September 23-25
– Trinidad and Tobago, September 23-25
– British Virgin Islands, Elite Camp October 7-9
News Credit: The Jamaica Gleaner | Read here http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/sports/20160829/digicel-nba-jumpstart-clinics-return-region