Over 60 young people between the ages of 13 to 20 showed up at Hilltop Basketball court in the capital city on Sunday. The young men were there to hopefully be drafted to participate in the Belmopan Active Youths’s basketball tournament.
After friendly matches on Sunday, the players were drafted into 6 teams under 6 different coaches who have volunteered their time to work with the basketball players.
Two of the BAY organizers dropped by our studios earlier today and updated us on the initiative. According to Felix Requena, the Coaches will be given a deadline to make up to 2 trades before the season begins.
“Some coaches have nine players and some have eight. We saw a lot of talent in Belmopan. The No. 1 person was Finney by Jarrel Velazquez. I am not sure how the draft went, but it was successful and everyone had a good chabce to get a good player on your team. Some coaches went for height, some went for talent, and some went for point guards. The one who went for bigger men, would willingly trade for someone with a lot of point guards. So, I heard the coaches talking about trading”.
The competition starts on Thursday 27th at 6:00 p.m.
Hilltop Basketball Court. The teams will be provided with Jerseys by BAY and will be playing for trophies and individual medals. … Clued us in on preparation of the venue as well as how the tournament will run.
Youths will be asked to sign up to do 8 hours of community service and also to provide mentorship and training to other young players 15 years and under.
This tournament is a part of the initiative under the BAY Drug Demand Reduction Program sponsored by grant funding from the US Embassy.