RHTY&SC cricket teams and FFP assist Berbice Amateur Basketball Association


THE eight cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) with support from Food for the Poor (Guy) Ltd last Tuesday made a timely donation to the recently resuscitated Berbice Amateur Basketball Association (BABA). The teams – Rose Hall Town Farfan and Mendes Under 15, Bakewell Under -17 and second division Pepsi Under-19 and Intermediate, Metro females and Gizmos and Gadgets Under-21 and first division – donated twelve basketballs along with knee wraps, office material, refreshment utilities and educational packages that would be used as prizes for a junior basketball tournament.
Secretary/CEO of the RHTY&SC Hilbert Foster stated that the cricket teams of the club decided to assist the Basketball Association after had been informed of its formation via the national media.
The veteran sports administrator stated that while the RHTY&SC does not have a basketball team, it has over the years assisted numerous clubs and schools with uniforms and basketball gear in an effort to develop the game.
Basketball, Foster noted, is the fourth most popular game in the Ancient County after cricket, football and volleyball and he issued a challenge to the new executives of the Berbice Amateur Basketball Association to work hard to promote the game in every village and township in Berbice.
Of importance to the RHTY&SC is the usage of the game to promote sports as a safe alternative to a life on the road for youths and Foster urged the BABA to always promote the ‘Say No to Drugs and Yes to Education’ message to every Basketball player under its watch.
The RHY&SC Secretary/CEO in handing over the donation to the BABA president Keith Myers and secretary Petra Forde also committed his club to sponsoring a youth basketball competition in May/June 2014 and also used his office to obtain a donation of trophies for the BABA from Mr Ramesh Sunich for the hosting of a competition to launch the 2014 season.
He also pledged future assistance from the RHTY&SC and its cricket teams for basketball once the club was satisfied with the direction the sport was going.
BABA president Keith Myers showered praise on the RHTYSC and the eight cricket teams for coming on board to assist the association despite not being approached.
He stated that the presentation took place less than two hours after he received a surprise phone call from the RHTY&SC Secretary/CEO. The BABA, Myers stated was only recently re-formed and is now trying to get itself in order to start functioning. The contribution from the RHTY&SC was most welcome and he pledged that his administration would take basketball to another level in Berbice. He wished the cricketers of the club, success in the future.
Meanwhile, the RHTY&SC cricket teams and its founder the St Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Youth Group also fulfilled the special request of 21-year-old handicap Ms Diana Prass. Members visited the Betsy Ground home of Ms Prass and handed over a large supply of food and personal items.