St Kitts‘ Department of Sports is finalizing arrangements to welcome basketball coaches from the United States and United Kingdom who will mentor and train young people in a camp for two weeks.

The August 06 to 18 camp titled ?Reach One, Teach One ? Building Bridges to Success? is a sports tourism initiative coinciding with the recent touring of two junior cricket teams from the UK as well as six regional squads contesting the ongoing TCL West Indies Under 19 Championships.

Acting Director of Sport Dave Connor told SKNIS the camp is designed to shape individuals to be well rounded, productive citizens apart from key basketball skills.

NBA players Mike Hall from the Washington Wizards and Pops Mensah-Bonsu of the Dallas Mavericks will be on hand to share with the children along with former WNBA stars Rushia Brown and Nyree Roberts.

Connor said that he hopes to top the numbers that participated in the 2006 inaugural camp.

?Last year we averaged 125 persons daily with 75 persons taking part in the day sessions and 50 persons attending at evenings,? he noted. ?This year we want to have about 150 to 200 participants.?

Mr. Connor added cultural exchange opportunities will also result between the local and visiting Caribbean, U.S. and U.K. participants. Some of these exchanges will be captured and aired in the United States by a TV crew from Houston, Texas.

Cable and Wireless is a sponsor of the developmental camp.

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