Youth basketball gets a boost from the US

Youth basketball gets a boost from the US

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Topics: Basketball, Sports

A total of 1,000 boys and girls ages 7 to 13 will benefit from the ambitious mini National Programme launched by the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA) on January 5, with grant support from the US Embassy in Kingston valued at US$15,000 (J$1.3 million). The programme is being rolled out in two phases, starting with a three day coaching seminar at the University of Technology (UTECH) conducted by renowned US high school coach and skills development guru Stan Brudish.

“Coach Brudish has displayed one of the most unique approaches to develop that I have ever seen, with innovation, detail and energetic approach guaranteed to help young people excel at the game and gain mastery” stated Ajani Williams, President JaBA.

Ajani Williams (left), President of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA), receives a symbolic cheque for US$15,000 (J$1.3 million) from US Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater (right), which will go towards the National Programme for young basketball players.

Several local coaches were in attendance at the seminar, which concluded on January 7. These coaches will administer the curriculum to the children, developed by JaBA’s national youth co-coordinator Alf Remekie. The clinics, which will start in early February on weekends, will see 10 clusters with each having 100 youngsters drawn from JaBA’s five conferences.

High school hoops at the National Stadium in Kingston.

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