Feb 07, 2014 Sports
With support from Food For the Poor Guyana Ltd., in association with the eight cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) on Tuesday last made a timely donation to the recently resuscitated Berbice Amateur Basketball Association (BABA).
The teams – Rose Hall Town Farfan and Mendes Under-15, Bakewell Under-17
and Second Division, Pepsi Under-19 and Intermediate, Metro Females and Gizmos and Gadgets Under-21 and First Division donated twelve (12) basketballs along with knee wraps, office material, refreshment utilities and educational packages that would be used as prizes for a Junior tournament.
Hilbert Foster, Secretary/CEO of the Club stated that the teams decided to assist the BABA after being informed of its formation via the media. He noted that while the RHTY&SC does not have a basketball team, it has over the years assisted numerous clubs and schools with uniforms and basketball gear in an effort to develop the game.
Basketball, Foster posited is the fourth most popular game in the Ancient County after cricket, football and volleyball. HE has issued a challenge to the new BABA executive to work hard to promote the game in every village and township in Berbice.
Of importance to the RHTY&SC is utalising the game to promote sports as a safe alternative to a life on the road for youths and Foster urged the BABA to always promote the Say No to Drugs and Yes to Education message to every Basketball player under their watch.
In handing over the items to BABA President Keith Myers and Secretary Petra Forde, Foster committed his club to sponsoring a youth competition in May/June 2014. The selfless administrator also used his office to obtain a donation of trophies for the association from Mr. Ramesh Sunich for the hosting of a competition to launch the 2014 season.
He also pledged future assistance from the RHTY&SC and its cricket teams for basketball once the club was satisfied with the direction the sport was going.
President Myers showered praise on the RHTY&SC and the cricket teams for coming on board to assist the association despite not being approached. Myers stated that the presentation took place less than two hours after he received a surprise phone call from Foster.
The new BABA executive Myers informed was only recently elected and is now trying to get its plans on the road with a view to full functioning. The contribution from the club was most welcome and he pledged that his administration would take basketball to another level in Berbice.
Meanwhile, the RHTY&SC cricket teams and its founder the St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Youth Group also fulfilled a special request by the 21-year-old Differently Able Ms. Diana Prass. Members visited the Betsy Ground home of Ms. Prass and handed over a large supply of food and personal items.
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