The ‘Respect the Game’ basketball showdown set for December 13 at the Cliff
Anderson Sports Hall will witness for the first time in Guyana some of the biggest names in media, entertainment and the arts combined with National and Division I players for a night of keen challenges, ‘call-outs’ and rivalries.
This is according to the organisers of the event, who congregated at the Gravity Lounge to usher in the event yesterday. They informed that players drafted from the media, entertainment and lots of other sectors will have seven Division I players on their side.
Each team will comprise 15 players with seven Division I players and eight local celebrities from the named sectors. They joked that because of the stringent draft strategies between Team Toney and Team Bond, the two teams that will headline the night, they prefer to release the full teams at a later date.
“Respect comes with the appreciation of values and that is what we want to bring back… it’s a call to return respect to the game, whatever your game maybe. The term represents swag, hustle and ethics,” Bond said. According to the Attorney-at-Law, the event is aimed at generating the necessary response from all sectors of society to return respect to local sports and sportsmen and women.
In addition, Bond disclosed that part proceeds will go to several charities that the various persons involved will identify. Proceeds will also go to charities of the celebrities’ choice as the aim is to spread cheer in the upcoming season.
President of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) Nigel Hinds was in full support of the event. Hinds believes that the event is necessary to bring about some change in how sports is treated locally and develop a place for enthusiasts to congregate.
“We are pleased to support this event, we think that this will expand our fan base and expand the facets of basketball… we think it will be an entertaining event,” Hinds, who is a former national player, and who might be drafted on one of the teams, stated.
Two of the sponsors present at the event, Footsteps and Buddy’s Pool Hall were both grateful to be a part of the inaugural mega event while pledging support for future events.
“The challenge is really about building camaraderie among the sports community,” Rawle Toney said while thanking the sponsors for their support in the venture.
Meanwhile, the contest is expected to feature two exhibition games before the main showdown. It will feature a High School contest and another big grudge game before the celebrities and first division players take the court in grand style.
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