The Christian organization Sports Reach is teaming up with Hoop Dreams Belize, recent winners of the Copa Cancun Tournament, to provide needed experience for local basketball teams and help spread the word of God through sports. Based in Kentucky in the United States, the organization is celebrating 30 years of service and has already been to Belize several times in other sports. This time it is men’s basketball. But how does Christian ministry become compatible with the competitive nature of sports? Sports Reach director Bobby Speer told us more.
“What I have learned are two things. Sports and music are two of the best things to break ice, to get people into a crowd to hear the gospel. People love sports, so it gives us the opportunity to meet them on their ground and show them that we can play the game but we also get the chance to tell people about Jesus. It is a great attention getter and we use that to talk about Jesus.
Aaron Humes – Plus TV Reporter
“As a part of the tour, I imagine, that you will also be teaching locals…?”
“Yeah. We have clinics that we are doing, going to some children’s homes, doing some shoe distribution, speaking in churches and we are doing the basketball. So we are staying busy.”
The team plays its first game in Belize City at Birds’ Isle at 3:30 Saturday afternoon. They will be facing off with two Elite Basketball League teams, the Belmopan Red Taigaz and Cayo Western Ballaz next week along with a camp in Dangriga before winding up with a match against Hoop Dreams at Birds’ Isle next week. Entrance to all games is free.