Several former basketball players, who congregate at weekend at the South Pacific Park to have pick games, have firmed themselves into the Guy Ballers organization with the intention of giving back to the sport in Guyana.
Following a meeting last Sunday, the unit of past players who played competitive basketball in Linden especially, are seeking to throw support behind the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) which concentrates on playing its competitive matches at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court.
Louis Webster, who once was a promising player before he migrated to the United States, will head the Steering Committee of the new Guy Ballers body which has Larry Bobb as its 1st vice president, Terrence James the 2nd vice president, former National centre/forward Dwayne Roberts as Secretary, Treasurer Dexter Walton, Assistant Treasurer Carl Wills, Organizing Secretary Ashton Angel (Jr.) and Seon Charles.
The Committee Members are former National forward Neil Marks, Rae Bayrd-Webster, Errol Hinds and Marcelle Angel.
At the initial meeting the name was suggested and confirmed earliest this week, while the executive has committed to paying a monthly contribution towards fund raising.
Congratulating the formation of this new group was Joseph Chapman, Secretary of the Linden Amateur Basketball Association and the Mackenzie Sports Club and former World boxing champion Wayne ‘Big Truck’ Braithwaite who also finds time to be with the basketball players on the playground.
Chapman was also asked to update the body on what obtains with basketball, especially in Linden. The problems in getting a new fibre-glass backboard for the Mackenzie sports Club hard court. Chapman discussed the needs for support to the game back in Guyana and the efforts which were made to obtain a new one after appeals were made to the various authorities for assistance without success.
He however, said, there was hope through the initiative of the Social Cohesion Ministry which has made funds available to start the upgrading of the basketball courts at Amelia’s Ward, Retrieve, Silvercity and Christianburg and one at Kwakwani recently. But the one at Christianburg has not received any of the cash to get their project off the ground as yet.
At the same time, Chapman, who is also Assistant Secretary of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF), outlined the intention for the GABF’s National Club Championship by the end of the year and this makes the MSC hard court getting a new fibre-glass backboard an immediate need, to ensure Linden clubs are prepared for the National Club championship popularly known as the Road To Mecca championship.
He said the LABA and the MSC had retrieved one of the discarded metal backboards it had taken down some years ago, to substitute for the broken fibre-glass backboard which was damaged since November last year.
The Guy Ballers is one of two groups of basketball players who have an interest in restoring the game in Linden as the other is stationed in New Jersey and has among its planning team former National players Mike, Clifton and James Brusche, and former National coaches Linden Alphonso, John Davidson and Gary Stephens.
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