Jumpball Basketball Programme celebrates 25 Years


Jumpball Basketball Programme celebrates 25 Years

Friday, July 12, 2019

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The Jumpball Basketball Programme has always played an integral role in the sport's development in Jamaica through their KFC-sponsored annual summer camps, and this year marks a milestone in the programme's history.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Jumpball Basketball Programme commenced another skills training camp on Monday, where over 300 youth and 50 coaching volunteers turned out at the National Stadium basketball court.

John Gosse, head of the JumpBall Basketball camp, pointed out that the yearly initiative aims to provide positive leisure for youth between the ages of six and 16 during the school break.

“The camp's mission is to provide a space where children can learn the fundamental basketball skills, teamwork, and discipline. The focus is basketball, but it is important for us to impart values that they can take with them throughout their lives,” Gosse stated.

During the four-day camp, which ended yesterday, participants are given motivational talks before and after training each day, with focus being placed on building their self-esteem. Emphasis is also placed on achieving comaraderie amongst participants through team-building exercises and group activities.

Though the camp focuses on children, the programme has produced top-tier basketball coaches, who were given their first coaching opportunity at the camp. These include Nagash Cockburn, who led Jamaica's Special Olympics team to a gold medal earlier this year, and Rohan Robinson, who is now a national coach for the men's basketball team.

Each year, the organisation hosts a scholarship for coaches who are enrolled in a tertiary institution such as GC Foster College. They have hosted several Caribbean coaching certification courses which have also provided a platform from which these young coaches can leverage their talents and abilities.

“We could not have done this without KFC who has been a sponsor for nearly 20 years. As they continue to support us, we will continue expanding our reach across Jamaica to give little girls and boys an opportunity to see the beauty in basketball,” Gosse noted.

The Jumpball Basketball Programme will also take place in Mandeville, Ocho Rios, Oracabessa, and Savanna-la-Mar over the duration of the summer. With over 300 participants thus far, the camp's influence will continue to be a staple within the basketball community.

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