Teamwork, fair play, good sportsmanship, focus of 2014 Shinning Stars Basketball Camp

by: Barbara Walkin, FN Night Editor

Teamwork, fair play and good sportsmanship are the focus of the 2014 Shining Stars Basketball Camp, which organizers say is set begin Monday, June 23 and run to Friday, June 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the St. Georges High School gymnasium.

Buster Laing, camp director explained that being a parent, basketball coach and fan for many years,  "I've seen a very talented level of basketball being played, but I think we've lost the aspect of teamwork and fair play.

" After every game we would see a kid go to the scorers' desk and ask,  'how many points I scored?'"

" Mind you the team lost by a big margin, but all he's interested in is how many points he's scored. So we want to focus on the team effort ... it is such a beautiful game to watch when there is more focus on teamwork, rather than the individual player,"  said Laing.

Listing what he terms as four "very vital"  points of the camp, Laing said, "you will not hear coaches shouting at players for missing a free throw; you will not see teammates disrespecting each other; you will not hear the word "hog"  being mentioned, referring to the young kid who wants to shoot all the shots.

" We will teach players how to put others before themselves because teamwork, unselfishness and fair play lie at the heart of what we are trying to accomplish during the week of camp.

" And finally, you will see winning teams not losing teams, but we teach all teams how to win with humility and lose with dignity." 

Excited about the second hosting of the camp Fenrick Russell, spokesman for GB Primetime Sports, LLC said that during the week long Christian-based camp, participants will learn drills and techniques, and will compete while having fun learning the game.

"We realize there is more to life than just basketball, we are trying to shape the whole person, the staff consists of Christian coaches who genuinely care about the players they coach and the concept of teamwork, fair play and unselfishness lie at the heart of what this camp is all about." 

Interjecting, Laing pointed out that deadline for camp registration is Tuesday, May 27.

" Parents interested in having their child or children attend Shining Stars Basketball Camp can pick up an application at our office at the YMCA,"  Laing added, noting that the theme for this year's camp is taken from 2 Timothy 2:5.

This year, he added, teams have been named (with biblical foundations and names) to honor sponsors of the camp. Teams include Pitters Heats (James 1:11); Dees Gift and Supplies Eagles (Psalms 40:31); Bahamas Putt Putt Falcons (Deu. 13:11); H. G. Christie Conquerors (Romans 8:37); Renu Spa Stars (Psalms 147:4) and anonymous sponsor is behind the Angels (Hebrews 13:2).

Laing expressed special thanks to Sandra Clarke, who sponsored the trophies for the 2014 camp.

He noted that the camp will incorporate basketball trivia, where the teams compete against each other in a Bible trivia form. "And one of the most coveted awards at this year's camp will the Mr. and Miss Sacrifice Award ... because Jesus made the biggest sacrifice on the cross, the award will go to that player who made the biggest sacrifice for a teammate. So we are looking to an exciting session of camp this year." 

Rev. Elvis Burrows, senior pastor of Central Zion Baptist, Eight Mile Rock endorsed the camp noting it was a great pleasure to support Laing and his team of organizers as they seek to provide wholesome Christian activities for young people during the summer days.

" As we know many parents are confronted and challenged as to where they can send their children during the summer break, so I want to appeal to parents ... here is a program where you can feel comfortable sending your children - boys and girls - knowing they will be well cared for and catered to, ministered to and well trained." 

Burrows noted that the program not only offers physical health, but spiritual health as well.

" So why not choose this camp, I can assure you that Deacon Laing is qualified and space is limited, so register early," said Burrows.

Published  Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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