Six Youngsters are now better equipped with the basics training, aimed at becoming successful basketball players compliments of the All-Stars Student Athletes (ASA), a programme ran by the Kerosene Lamp Foundation, founded by Vincentian –born NBA player, Adonal Foyle.
With the main objectives being turning promising young basketball players into successful student-athletes and provide future opportunities for scholarships to help pave the way to their individual success, the five males and one female travelled from St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to Orlando, USA for a two- week summer camp.
Leandru Edwards – Calliaqua, and Azizah Stowe – Union Island, Nemiah Alexander – Mayreau, Consolo Adams – Barrouallie, Jemmile France – Bequia, Zanif Sandy – Canouan were accompanied by chaperones Michael Penniston of Bequia and Owen Isaacs of Mayreau.
The selection of these youths stemmed from the annual Island summer camps that were held in SVG.
Other than training in basketball, the stint is seen as, a cultural exchange, an academic assessment, as well as exposure to a higher level of Basketball.
The on and off the field programme, also involves, educational field trips to the University of Central Florida and the Kennedy Space Center. Other fun activities include trips to Universal Studios, Cirque du Soleil and Animal Kingdom.
Foyle was also on hand, as he worked with the student-athletes individually, in group settings, in motivational sessions and goal setting.
Following their return, the six basketballers, will be tracked and other support systems are expected to be put in place to ensure their continued success.
The ASA programme follows last year’s launch in SVG, of the Adonal All -Star Achievement (AAA), in collaboration with the Adult and Continuing Education in the Ministry of Education, aimed at motivating out of school persons, mainly aged 15 to 27, to take classes to improve their reading skills.