The COVID-19 pandemic has forced sports companies and organizations to bring out their creative juices. The Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) and Ballin’ By Da Beach Camps has teamed up to provide a free virtual basketball camp, set to get underway August 24 and wrap up on August 28.
The camp is open to boys and girls, ages five to 19. It is set to be on Zoom and the participants only need internet access and a basketball.
The five-day action-packed virtual camp is set to start at 10:30 a.m. and wrap up at 1 p.m. daily. Participants will receive high-quality training from some of The Bahamas’ best national team, collegiate and high school coaches, who will lead the skills and drills portion of the camp.
The camp director is Jurelle Nairn-Mullings. She is also the director of Ballin’ By Da Beach. The first day features Bacchus Rolle, the men’s basketball head coach at the University of The Bahamas (UB). Leading the drills on Tuesday is Chris DeMarco, who is currently the head coach for the senior men’s national basketball team. In addition to serving as the head coach for the national team, he is also an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association (NBA). DeMarco helped the Warriors win two NBA championships as an assistant coach, and another when he was the team’s advanced/video scout back in 2014-2015.
Wednesday’s session will be led by Sanchez Moss, who was slated to be the assistant coach for The Bahamas’ Under-17 (U17) Skills Challenge Team. He is also the head coach of the junior and senior girls basketball teams at Jordan Prince William High School. Men’s basketball assistant coach at the University of Houston and former senior men’s national team member Mikhail Higgs will be leading the camp on Thursday.
Marvin Henfield will run Friday’s session. Henfield was slated to be the head coach for the U17 Skills Challenge National Team and is also the founder of Caribbean Sports Academy (CSA).
While at the camp, participants will also learn about being leaders, how to prepare for play mentally and building basketball IQs. Other presenters are Kayle “Sly” Fox, Shantell Penn, Joette Fernander, Anton Francis, Denzel Knowles and McDonald Jean Louis.
Those who are interested can apply online at the website www.bbfbasketball.com/vbc or call or WhatsApp (242) 429-7170 for more information.
The camp is sponsored by Mr. Ship It.