Jammers, LABA expresses condolences
By Edison Jefford
The Washington D.C Jammers club and Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) have expressed condolences on the passing of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) President, Godwin McPherson on Monday.
The Funeral Service of the late retired Colonel will be held today at the Church of the Transfiguration on Mandela Avenue, following a viewing at Merriman’s Funeral Parlour. He will be buried at Lichfield, West Berbice.
The viewing will be held from 9-10am following which he will precede to the Church for service then Lichfield for burial. The D.C Jammers referred to their relationship with the GABF under McPherson as a very “fruitful” one.
“The relationship of the DC Jammers and Colonel McPherson had its humble beginnings in 1988…this was the beginning of many more pleasant surprises and the birth of a very long and fruitful relationship,” The DC Jammers stated.
The Washington-based club was speaking to Kaieteur Sport via email. The architects of the statement included the team’s coach, Michael Creppy, Assistant coach, Clarence Wallerson and manager Dennis Baird.
“The DC Jammers have consistently returned to Guyana [since 1988] at the request of the Colonel to help and promote the development of basketball at the national level,” they said, adding that national players were developed.
“Additionally, this relationship resulted in the Colonel selecting over 30 different DC Jammers basketball players to join the Guyana National Team, as Guyana battled in the Caribbean Basketball Championships,” it continued. ‘
Many of the Jammers’ players expressed shock and sorrow at the news of the Colonel’s passing. But more importantly, they remembered with great fondness his kindness and generosity toward them and sport in general.
“The Colonel allowed these young men to realise their dreams of representing Guyana. This was significant because most of these basketball players, who were of Guyanese parentage, had never visited Guyana,” the statement indicated.
The Jammers stated that they were always willing to respond immediately and positively whenever McPherson would call for support. They said that the Colonel was always very gracious and persuasive with his requests.
Meanwhile, the President and LABA Executive wishes to express sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late McPherson. LABA President, Abdullah Hamid said his contributions to basketball are immeasurable.
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