Coaches and players across the region benefit from the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Programme training
Kingston, Jamaica - Monday, May 28, 2018: Six weeks, nine participating countries, over 40 coaches and more than 420 young basketballers later, the Digicel NBA Jumpstart programme has completed its tour of the region and selected the best young players for the Elite Camp being held in Trinidad & Tobago this summer.
In each country, local coaches assisted the NBA representatives with the training of the participants, and some were even the recipients of specialised coaching through the NBA Coaching Clinics held in Barbados, Jamaica, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago.
“At Digicel, we want to see the continued improvement of local sports and this is why we work hard at not only providing coaching for the athletes, but also for the coaches. We want these young players to be given every opportunity to fulfil their potential. The quality of participants in the training camps speaks very highly of the coaches we have in the various countries. At each of the camps, the NBA spoke positively of the young talent, and Digicel is proud to have facilitated this exchange, both between the NBA representatives and the campers, but more importantly between the NBA representatives and the coaches,” said Tari Lovell, Group Sponsorship Manager for Digicel.
The aim of the coaching clinics is to create a sustainable basketball ecosystem, where the coaches pass on what they learn from the NBA, to their athletes, all year long. Coaches were taught the NBA values of integrity, teamwork, respect and innovation, as well as the practical fundamentals of the sport. These included development drills, scheme concepts, and offensive and defensive concepts. Through these clinics, the local coaches were also able to build a relationship with the NBA coaches and representatives who made themselves available as resources in the future.
Garvin Warwick, owner of Spartans TT Academy and coach at Fatima College in Trinidad and Tobago said: “The coaching experience was a memorable one. I did not only learn from the NBA coaches, but I also learned from my colleagues; all who have different cultures of coaching that we can all learn from each other for the betterment of youth basketball. There is always room for growth, and an opportunity to learn new tactics, new strategies and new plays that can benefit all. One of the most valuable things that I took away from the camp was when Joe Connelly [Pro Personnel Scout/Player Development at Denver Nuggets] said that he learned a lot from the local coaches, that he will take back with him. It goes to show the talent that we have right here on the island”.
Lovell added, “We know that good coaches make good players, which is why we were happy to have this component added to the programme. Both the coaches and the kids will have benefitted from the NBA’s training and will continue to improve, implementing the international basketball best practices as they move forward.”
The Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball Camps will be available to view across Digicel’s social platforms and on SportsMax. Digicel and the NBA signed a multiyear partnership in 2015 to deliver live games and extensive NBA programming to more than 25 Caribbean territories through SportsMax and the PlayGo app – making Digicel the Official Communications Partner of the NBA in the region. Watch all the live action of the Western Conference finals now in the lead up to the 2018 NBA Finals.