St. Maarten Businesses donate basketball equipment

POSTED: 04/23/12 8:31 PM

St. Maarten – Young basketball players from Upper Princess Quarter and Over the Bank were the first to dunk and shoot on the new backboards, rims and nets at the Melford Hazel Sports Complex on Saturday. The boards were made and erected using donations from Younique Waters, Liccom and Wicked Air – all businesses located in Sucker Garden – and the exhibition game was aimed at bringing together the youth from the two communities.

The initiative to fix up the boards, rims and nets was taken by the Upper Princess Quarter Community Council Foundation, based on a proposal by the Vice President Eugene Heyliger. This project is the first of several activities that the community council wants to have so that they provide things to do for the youth and the wider community.

“We want to bring the community back together. We have the big goal to build a community center where people can find help and have activities. For now though we will continue to hold activities and reach out. It’s a big area and I think the more activities we do the more people will see we are there,” President of the Upper Princess Quarter Community Council Foundation

Cleophas Richardson said.

Upper Princess Quarter Community Council Foundation is St. Maarten’s oldest community council, founded in 1982. The current board is hoping to really bring the council back to life and plans to directly engage the community so they can hear their concerns. People can also contact the board by sending an e-mail to upqccf@gmail.com.

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