Jumpstart Clinic Brings Hope

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 2015 – PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Local basketball enthusiasts ages 14-16 came out in their numbers on Saturday, September 12 to showcase their talent, in the hopes of clinching an opportunity of a lifetime - the National Basketball Association (NBA) experience through the inaugural Digicel Jumpstart Basketball Clinic. 

The pressure was high and the competition was fierce at the University of the West Indies Sports and Physical Education Centre (UWI SPEC) but the 14 coaches of the Basketball Coaches Association of Trinidad and Tobago partnering with Digicel for the programme had a clear idea of what they were looking for. After a grueling session filled with ball handling, shooting, passing and scrimmaging, the Coaches selected 40 of the best players to move on to the Clinic slated to begin on September 23.

President of the Basketball Coaches Association of Trinidad and Tobago Clement 'Jovi' Holder expressed his gratitude at the new initiative and partnership with Digicel , "It is truly inspiring to see Digicel who has always stood strong as the biggest sponsor in sports locally, now show a vested interest in our local basketball talent. This not only gives them the opportunity to have that NBA experience but it also allows us to create our own database of players so we can continue to progress."

Sharing the same sentiments was President of the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago Garvin Warwick, who added, "Many thanks to Digicel for this initiative and giving hope to the kids, especially this age group. This opportunity brings a new form of motivation to them. Just like Digicel Kickstart Clinic, the kids now have short term goals to work with. I am pretty excited about this new-found relationship."

Digicel’s Senior Sponsorship Officer, Christopher Edmond also expressed the importance of investing in the sporting talent of our youths. He commented, "Since Digicel SportsMax has the rights to air the NBA games, we felt the need to take a further role in investing in our local basketballers. We are happy to facilitate these youngsters with this new avenue to develop their potential in this sport."

Both the Digicel Jumpstart Basketball Clinic and the subsequent Digicel Jumpstart Basketball Elite Academy will feature NBA coaches who include: Troy Justice, Senior Director, NBA Basketball Operations International and William Bayno, Assistant Coach, NBA College. The Clinic will be held in Trinidad from September 23-25.

Digicel territories in: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica and Turks and Caicos Islands are participating in this programme and will each select five players  to participate in the Jumpstart Elite Academy in Trinidad & Tobago from September 26-28.

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Jumpstart Clinic Brings Hope