TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS WELCOME NBA COACHES FOR DIGICEL JUMPSTART CLINICS
Friday 18th September 2015 – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands: The Turks and Caicos Islands hosted NBA coaches who came to train the island’s best basketball players as part of the Digicel Jumpstart Clinics.
Players and local coaches converged on the Graceway Sports Centre where they were put through their paces by the NBA coaches who showed them drills and techniques that will improve their game significantly. The U-16 players were grateful for the opportunity and eagerly took part in various activities during the two-day Clinic. As part of their visit, they also imparted valuable knowledge to the local coaches so that they can share this knowledge with their players.
Brendan Handfield, Karl Shand Jr., Shadarno Clarke, Willcan Seymour and Wilkins Sylvain were the five players chosen to represent the Turks and Caicos Islands at the Elite Camp which will take place in Trinidad and Tobago.
Digicel TCI Head of Marketing, Trina Adams, said; “The Jumpstart Clinic was an amazing experience and a wonderful opportunity for the players and local coaches. Our partnership with the NBA has created something special for our young people as they now have a chance to further develop their talents. All 50 players worked extremely hard and we know the top five players will do well in Trinidad and Tobago, and possibly move on to the final NBA camp in the US. Hopefully, the Jumpstart Clinics will inspire other young people to train and prepare for next year’s Clinics.”
Local coaches from the Provo Amateur Basketball Association and the Rising Stars Basketball Club, who participated in the Digicel Jumpstart Clinics all agreed that it was a challenging yet rewarding experience. At the end of the Clinics, all the NBA certified equipment was donated to both basketball organisations which will ensure that local players have access to the best equipment beyond the camp.
The five best players will travel to Trinidad and Tobago for the Elite Camp along with players from six other Caribbean countries where they will be trained by NBA coaches and an NBA legend. The best eight players from the Elite Camp will then travel to the USA to participate in coaching sessions with a top NBA team and attend one of their highly anticipated games.
The Digicel Jumpstart Clinics is a once in a lifetime opportunity for young players to showcase their talent and learn from official NBA coaches. It teaches the importance of a work ethic, values, proper sportsmanship and motivates children to be the best they can be on and off the court. The action from the Clinics and the NBA will be shared with Digicel customers online, digitally and through mobile as well as broadcast on Digicel Sportsmax and the LOOP news app, which will bring NBA fans closer to the to their favourite teams through its live coverage of the NBA season which kicks off in October.
ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP
Digicel Group is a leading global communications provider with operations in 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After more than 14 years of operation, total investment to date stands at over US$5 billion worldwide. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the title sponsor of the Caribbean Premier League. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.
Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.