Pepsi Sonics to host 1st, 3rd Division Tournament
- Hoping event will re-ignite interest in the sport
In an effort to continue the resuscitation drive for the sport of basketball, Pepsi Sonics has organized a ‘Refresh Your Game’ 2012 Tournament which is anticipated to bounce off on September 28, at the Burnham Court on Carmichael and Middle Streets.
According to a release from the club, the whole aim is to keep the interest in the sport alive following a period of lack of consistently organized activities that has evidently caused players to become disillusioned and in some cases gravitate to other sports.
The releases added that both Third and First Divisions players from clubs within the Georgetown sub-association will be involved in the tournament which carries prize monies totaling over $260,000 in cash and trophies.
It further mentioned that the club will also be recognizing the contribution made by the late Ret. Colonel Godwin McPherson, who passed away in August 2011 and once headed the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation.
President of the club Merle Casey said that tournaments such as the upcoming one is integral to maintaining enthusiasm in the sport and sponsorship has become a crucial element towards that facet.
“It is only through the support of stakeholders such as the Government and Business Community will we see the sport develop at all levels as well as its vibrancy sustained,” Casey stated.
The club she pointed out has been among the forerunners in helping to keep the sport alive, but due to a lack of support from the corporate sector many of its plans had to be shelved.
According to her, there is definite need for the restoration of basketball at all standards in both male and female categories, while the poor standard of facilities apart from the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall has caused many tournaments to be cancelled.
Casey disclosed that Pepsi Sonics like so many of the other clubs are deeply concerned about the current state of affairs in relation to basketball in the country, and is therefore taking the initiative to begin the process of re-energising basketball and returning it to its former glory.