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KFC/JABA Star Search Camp a big deal

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM
(Foreground) Andrei Roper, brand manager of KFC Jamaica, and Dr Mark Broomfield, president of the Jamaica Basketball Association, share the spotlight with the 2016 JABA Star Search campers at the KFC/Star Search Summer Basketball Camp at G.C. Foster College.


After a week of fast-paced, high-energy basketball action, the Jamaica Basketball Association's 16th annual KFC/Star Search Summer Basketball Camp came to an end last Friday at G.C. Foster College in Spanish Town.

With more than 100 campers ranging from 12 to 19 years participating this year, the camp was a resounding success as campers were exposed to some of the best basketball coaching that Jamaica has to offer. The Camp MVPs were Javaughn Taylor on the boys side and Shimona Nelson for the girls.

Elfratio (Alf) Remikie, founder and executive director of the camp, said they devised different methods to enhance skills.

"This year we were able to focus more on the individual kids, giving them the specific attention they needed," said Remekie.

"This year's crop of campers is younger than we have normally admitted to the camp, but we did that intentionally. A younger cohort means that there were fewer bad habits to break them out of and so more time could be spent on teaching the best methods and techniques to improve their skills," he added.

"Of course, we kept a close eye on those players with scholarship potential, who could possibly get into colleges in the States."

KFC Jamaica, long-time sponsor of the camp and supporter of the development of basketball in Jamaica, returned to support the Star Search camp.

"KFC is very glad to have another crop of youngsters. We're very glad to have another crop of players with so much talent, so much potential passing through the Star Search camp," said Andrei Roper, brand manager at KFC Jamaica.

At the closing ceremony, campers were rewarded for their hard work and discipline throughout the week. In addition to trophies and medals, they were left with these words of inspiration from KFC Jamaica's Roper.

"What we hope is that for all the campers, the closing of the camp isn't an end, but instead the beginning of the next stage of their development. What we want to see is that everything that you learnt on and off the court is applied when you get back into the high school and inter-collegiate leagues and also as you move on to the next level."