Basketball has always been a popular sport in Trinidad & Tobago, both for amateur players and the sport-loving public, who are engrossed in the NBA that recently crowned the Golden State Warriors as 2017 Champions.
As one of the disciplines under their purview, the Sports Company of Trinidad & Tobago (SporTT) initiated the activity which will allow boys and girls from the ages of 10-16 to benefit from a piece of NBA magic in the form of Boston Celtics point guard Avery Bradley who is in Trinidad for a three-day camp. Over his seven seasons in the league, Bradley is considered among the best defenders and helped his team to an Eastern Conference final this year.
On his arrival last evening Bradley commented, "I am thrilled to be here in Trinidad for the camp. I'm excited to meet the kids and feed off their enthusiasm for the game, which I know is quite popular here. Basketball has done a lot for me and that's the main reason for travelling the world to try and impact on the lives of young persons through basketball." Bradley was most recently on the island of Grenada for a similar camp and returns to the US on Wednesday.
The camp runs from 17-19 June at the National Cycling Velodrome and is led by the Avery Bradley Skills Academy, which will provide four qualified coaches. The event is led by SporTT in partnership with the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad & Tobago, who has selected the youth participants. Other sponsors include the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB), SM Jaleel, PwC and the United States Embassy.
The Honourable Darryl Smith, Minister of Sport & Youth Affairs, along with US Embassy Public Affairs Officer Stephen Weeks will pay a visit to the camp on Saturday 17 June from 1:00pm. Media are invited to cover the event on Saturday. The camp runs from 9am-2pm on all three days.