There has been a cry over the years for more programs, camps and tournaments for the females in basketball. Marvin Henfield and Caribbean Sports Academy’s (CSA) Basketball Academy have stepped up to the plate and made an announcement that they will launch a Girl Empowerment Hoops program next week Monday, May 27 at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium.
The announcement was made at a press conference held at the Ministry of Education Scholarship and Educational Loan Division yesterday morning.
The free program will run for two weeks with training sessions being held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The training times will be from 3.45 p.m. until 5.15 p.m. It is geared towards girls age 10-15.
Henfield, who has dedicated 24 years of his life to basketball, said that this initiative was personal for him, being the father of three daughters.
CSA has been around since 2009 and it has trained and mentored over 5,000 athletes.
With this program he is looking to provide the females with year-round exposure, play and basketball skills development.
“Our objective through this program is to elevate the playing field of girls basketball, to put it on par with that of boys and I hope to even exceed that of boys basketball. I say that with a word of caution. Our intent is not in any way to overshadow boys basketball. I hope that through this program we can be the tide that raises all the ships,” Henfield said.
The long-time coach and instructor said he is hoping that the girls will see things that they have never seen before. To that end he is planning a National Collegiate Athletic Association women’s tournament this year on Thanksgiving in Nassau.
Henfield is hoping to add 50 percent more events to the six girls’ events that are already in place locally. He wants to provide the girls with more playing time.
Mario Bowleg, president of the Bahamas Basketball Federation, was on hand to endorse the program.
“This is the beginning of many initiatives and programs that will come in place for further development for female basketball in the country. When I was vying for this position with my executives, I want to say in her absence, the Secretary-General Jurelle Nairn is responsible for the growth and development of women’s basketball in the entire country and her assistant Latoya Silver. We have said it and I want the nation to understand that we are strongly and truly 100 percent behind programs such as this and many others that will come. We want to ensure that we raise the level of women’s basketball play within this country.”
On hand to also speak about the program was Domonique Fernander, assistant director of CSA Basketball Academy.
“We are very excited here at CSA Basketball Academy to embark on this new endeavor. It is an opportunity for us to reach out to the wider community and a part of our community that has been ignored for most of our lifetime. There is a new global initiative to really impact our young women where they are now more welcomed more than ever to be outspoken, stronger and be themselves. We are excited to give the young women this opportunity to take their game that they love, to get quality training to use it to get information and education,” Fernander said.
The program is prepared to accommodate 200 girls. Interested girls can register online at www.mycsasports.com, by clicking the Girl Empowerment Hoops logo or call 242-424-2353.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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