Patrick Ewing, U.S. Chargé Bowers dare Bahamian youth to dream big
Stephanie Bowers, the United States chargé d’affaires, witnessed how the power of sports can inspire young people, while at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium in Nassau, The Bahamas on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
The renowned Georgetown University men’s basketball team, the Georgetown Hoyas, and their coach, Patrick Ewing, are all in Nassau until Saturday, August 17, for a week-long summer training camp, which includes a basketball clinic with dozens of Bahamian youths.
After watching the Hoyas players practice, Bowers joined famed coach and NBA star Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas in engaging and encouraging about 50 young Bahamians, both girls and boys. Chargé Bowers reminded the young players that practice and discipline are just as important in the classroom as they are on the basketball court, and that teamwork, discipline, and good sportsmanship will help them both on and off the court throughout their lives.
She joined coach Ewing in daring the youngsters to “dream big”, and to work hard to achieve those dreams.
The Hoyas received around 50 young girls and boys from several local basketball teams and summer camps, all of which share the goal of using sports to educate and empower young children and teenagers. The basketball clinic with the Hoyas was organized by Complete Sports Management, and included Youth Against Violence, Supreme Ballers, Bain Town Youth Development, Providence Basketball, and Diamond Basketball Development Program.
The Hoyas are in Nassau playing a series of exhibition games against the Bahamas National Senior Men’s Basketball team and local teams. This is their first trip under head coach Patrick Ewing, who made an impressive 10 consecutive NBA All-Star appearances during his 17-year professional career.