Plans progressing for Mississippi summer travel camps
Kelly McCuin confirmed over the weekend that from the Oxford, Mississippi end, plans are progressing very well for the initial Helping Our Youth Through Education and Sports (HOYTES)/Grand Bahama Sports Promotion Association (GBSPA) summer travel camps project.
Earlier this year, McCuin; HOYTES Founder Gladstone “Moon” McPhee; and this columnist, who heads the GBSPA, met with a number of business persons in Oxford and committed to an arrangement for young boys and girls to travel to that location yearly to take part in summer camps and actual contests in the neighboring cities of Jackson and Memphis.
“Everything is being worked out. I just have to complete the full schedule of activities, arranged around the dates of the camps for the boys and the girls. It looks like the girls will play their games outside of Oxford while the boys are in camp, and vice versa. Those are just some of the preliminary matters that I am working into the process initially,” said McCuin on Saturday.
Recently from the HOYTES Geneva Rutherford Girls Basketball Classic, a long list of players was put forth for consideration. They included the all-tournament senior and junior teams. The seniors are: Amir Thompson (Anatol Rodgers); Khyla Shakespeare and Cassidra Thompson (Tabernacle Academy); Ajene Stubbs and Myah Greene (Bishop Michael Eldon); Kendi Outten (St. George’s); and Desirea Sands (Eight Mile Rock). The juniors are Ashanti Strachan and Alesha Curtis (Anatol Rodgers); Shanae Pinder and Tavia Solomon, (Eight Mile Rock); and Ciara Williams, Takia Franklin and Tamia Cornish (St. Mary Patricia). From those aforementioned the short list will be processed. From the joint effort of HOYTES and the GBSPA, a panel of coaches has been appointed who will be asked to present a list of boys and to assist with naming the final group of girls.
Soon after the short list is finalized, the GBSPA will officially contact coaches and parents of the selected players and begin the registration program. The trip will originate from, and end in, Freeport, Grand Bahama. This means those selected from schools in New Providence will have to travel to Freeport to join the travel camps group.
It is planned for the group to travel from Freeport to Palm Beach, Florida, via the popular Grand Celebration cruise ship, then take the long drive to Oxford. The travel route has been chosen to afford the young campers additional exposure and the opportunity to move through different cities along the way to Oxford, where they will be based throughout the 10-day stay. Other than the basketball schedule, the campers will also be taken on extensive tours of the University of Mississippi and historical venues in Memphis.
The HOYTES/GBSPA delegation will depart Freeport on June 20 and return on July 2.
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