Special Olympics Bahamas to honor Basil Christie
The board of Special Olympics Bahamas is very enthusiastic about its annual basketball invitation this year, particularly as it will honor outgoing Chairman Basil Christie by naming the tournament the Special Olympics Bahamas Basil Christie Basketball Invitational.
This will be the final competition under the accomplished tenure of Christie and it is scheduled for yesterday and today at Loyola Hall, Gladstone Road.
During the two days of competition, nearly 100 athletes will compete from Abaco, Grand Bahama, New Providence and Miami. Athletes will be grouped according to their abilities. National director Amanda Moncur is particularly proud that this year they have been able to incorporate basketball skills into the competition, which gives less capable athletes the opportunity to compete.
Moncur also revealed that another first will be competition between females. This is the sixth year The Bahamas has hosted the competition, having welcomed teams from the Cayman Islands, Guadeloupe and Belize in previous competitions.
“We are all looking forward to a very exciting event and honoring Basil for his hard work and dedication to Special Olympics for over 20 years. Our athletes like nothing better than a cheering and enthusiastic crowd when they compete, so the public is encouraged and invited to come out to Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road to support these amazing athletes,” she said.
The competition got underway at 9:30 a.m. yesterday and continues this morning up until 5:00 p.m. A special presentation is expected to be made to Christie.