NCBL looks to create signature event for basketball
- as event officially launched
The National Community Basketball League (NCBL) hopes to become a signature calendar event in Guyana. That was revealed yesterday at the official launch of the event in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport board room on Main Street.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony said that he and the Coordinators of the NCBL, Kwame Mentore and Robert Cadogan had several discussions leading up to the launch of the community-based competition and he believes it can be a signature event.
“We must admit that there are not many signature events for basketball in Guyana. I don’t want to see this as a one-off thing, but we must know that at this time of the year, on an annual basis, this event will be here,” Anthony told the media yesterday.
The minister said that he has a lot of confidence in Mentore because he sticks to his word when he undertakes a task. According to Anthony, whenever Mentore says that he will get something done, he often does, which is why the ministry has supported him.
“We are very pleased to support this initiative. As I said we must look at this in a broader context of basketball for grassroots level,” Anthony said, adding that we must picture the event growing to include hundreds of teams coming out to participate from communities.
Mentore accepted the challenge and indicated that the tournament presents an opportunity for the development of new talent as well as the development of new infrastructure. He believes that the event can even generate a NBA star because of growing interest.
“We basically took what Bobby (Cadogan) and the other guys were doing and upgraded it to the level of marketing, branding and media. We are adding aspects such as the All-Star dancers, who will be performing on game nights,” Mentore told the gathering.
Link-Up Media, Guyenterprise, GT&T, Gizmos and Gadgets, Churches Chicken, Banks DIH, Giftland OfficeMax and the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports are the main partners of the NCBL that bounces off on May 19, at the corporate Level.
The NCBL is organised primarily to promote and revive the sport in Guyana. It’s set as a vehicle to reenergise basketball players, while at the same time discover new talents from the competing communities around Guyana.