Foundation seeks support for camp participation

POSTED: 03/22/11 12:26 PM

St. Maarten – Fifteen basketball players, two coaches and three leaders from St. Maarten will spend 10 days in July training at the summer camp hosted by the Philadelphia 76ers. The trip is being coordinated by the St. Maarten Youth Beat Foundation. Talks will also be held to bring a branch of the camp here in 2012.

The 20 member delegation will leave on July 14 and return on July 23. The camp itself runs from July 16 to July 21. Next to them youth basketball coaches Jamal Newton and Gordon St. Luce will also attend to serve as camp mentors and to receiving training as coaches.

In order to finance the trip delegation members will be directly approaching members of the public until July 13 and the business community and the foundation’s president Emmanuel York has asked that people and businesses to make donations.

“We are therefore making an appeal to the community of St. Maarten to assist the St. Maarten Youth Beat Foundation athletes when you are approach by any member of the board or parents,” York said in a statement.

Participation in the camp is part of the non-profit foundation’s efforts to provide young people with alternative activities that will help them get into “positive and meaningful activities.” One example is the hosting of a second AND 1 Streetball Legends Show on April 2. The first such exhibition was in October 2010.


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