– Cadogan says Rose stood tall among youths
Former National Basketball Coach, United States of America-based, Robert ‘Bobby’ Cadogan, yesterday issued a statement from his New York home, recalling his friendship with Rose and his contributions to local basketball. Rose was gunned down early Sunday morning at Eccles on the East Bank of Demerara Carriageway. Below is Cadogan’s commemoration:
The death of Trevor Rose is of paramount loss to Guyana, and to
me personally. I have known this young man for over twenty years – a relationship that began at the Burnham Basketball Court and continued until his untimely demise.
Rose was a very outspoken person and never backed down from challenges; he was always ready to compete! Trevor and I had always spoken about the state of basketball in Guyana and more so in Georgetown; he had a deep love for the game.
He was a member of the Pacesetters Basketball Club since he was young. Myself, Mark Agard, and Eon Leitch had helped him with his game; after practice, we walked down Middle Street to Juice Power before we went to our separate homes.
As Rose grew older, our friendship got stronger. In 2007, we had a discussion about basketball and I told him that the game was lacking committed administrators and lacking sponsorship; he told me he can assist in getting some funding for the sport.
I advised him to contest the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) Presidency because he had the resources and the charisma to bring the fans back to the sport. He accepted my challenge and Pacesetters nominated him for the position.
Rose won the Presidency in 2008 and was a breath of fresh air to the sport. Basketball was on the move once again in Georgetown. Rose linked the sport to entertainment and fashion, and he was even bold enough to challenge Godwin McPherson six months into his tenure for the leadership of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation.
There were many tournaments played under his tenure which saw the emergence of new teams and the sport enjoyed the most media coverage it had since the era of semi-professional League through Rose’s relationship with Edison Jefford and others.
Trevor Rose exemplified true friendship, sportsmanship and administration. He was someone who was committed to the development of young people, which was exemplified with all those young men and women from the ghetto he employed during his Mash Camps.
Rose stood tall amongst young people; we have definitely lost a true son of the soil. My deepest sympathy to his family, his children and his friends. We will truly miss this brother; I do hope he had time in those final moments to make it right with God. May his soul rest in peace.
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