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Special Olympics basketballers join Digicel NBA Jumpstart camp

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

With dreams of redemption and scoring gold at the 2019 World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, Jamaica's National Special Olympics Basketball team was very eager to jump at the opportunity to get some time in with top international coaches from the NBA at the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball camp.

Held at the G C Foster College in St Catherine from Thursday, August 10 to Saturday, August 12, 2017, the Special Olympics basketballers joined a group of 60 of Jamaica's top male and female youth basketballers on the courts for an intensive schedule of drills, shoot-offs and mentorship from top local basketball coaches, as well as the NBA's Troy Justice, senior director of international basketball operations.

“We're very happy that we were able to have Jamaica's National Special Olympics Basketball team join us for a session at the Jumpstart camp,” said Justice. “This partnership between Digicel and the NBA has been able to facilitate the team and help them to get some tips and training that could help them to further improve their game over time.”

Captain of the Special Olympics Basketball team Corey Cummings, shared: “It was really great for me and my team to get to train with the international coaches. At the last Summer Games in Los Angeles, Australia beat us to the gold and we ended up with silver; but this time around, we're doing everything we can to take home the gold. So we're happy to get all the help we can and just practise and become the best, in time for the next big competition.”

Twenty-one-year-old Cummings, who attended the Randolph Lopez School of Hope after being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is a self-proclaimed sports aficionado who also shared that playing basketball and other sports has helped him a lot over the years.

Delighted for the opportunity, executive director at Special Olympics Jamaica, Lorna Bell, stated: “We're just very thankful to Digicel for always including the athletes from Special Olympics Jamaica in everything they do. Inclusion like this is very important if we want to continue building a better Jamaica.”

This third staging of the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball camp was held in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and follows on a multi-year partnership between Digicel and the NBA which was announced in 2015. As the official wireless partner of the NBA in the region, Digicel delivers live games and extensive NBA programming to more than 30 Caribbean territories through Digicel SportsMax.