Barbadian Hotel Worker unites foreign communities in Canadian District thru Basketball

Although it has been overused beyond belief, most people from this Gem of the Caribbean Sea seldom turn away from the phrase that you can find a Bajan anywhere on this Earth…

While there is the Canadian Farm Labour programme, there is a corresponding stint in their Hotel sector and one such Bajan involved is houseman Jeremy Giles and according to the Jasper Booster, he is using sport to bring together the different countries that make up many of the staff for hotels that side –

Giles, along with Filipino counterpart Bernardino Yulo Villamor, is organizing what he describes as a foreign national tournament for the weekend of January 19-20.
Although, Giles? intentions have more to do with inspiring international good will, than simply acquiring some additional court time.

?What we want to accomplish is to have the local community know that just because we speak different languages … or we might sound different or look different … we all have things in common. Basketball is one sport that I think transcends race or colour.

?This is our way of saying ?Hey, let?s get the community involved, so they know the foreign population of immigrant workers in Jasper isn?t something they have to avoid or that we are (any) different,?? said Giles, who grew up playing elite ball beyond high school in Barbados, rather than the more-heralded national sport of cricket.

?Actually, there are not too many who really like that sport there, but it all has to do with tradition,? Giles said, ?Basketball has always seemed to take a back seat.?

The duo is planning a two-day event to take place in the evenings, with elimination games happening on the first night and playoffs to occur on the second.

The Jasper Booster discovered from Jeremy, how there are plans in place to offset most expenses for the bout –

There will also be the need for some volunteer help, he said, as officials and scorekeepers will be required.

The cost to play in the tournament is also not steep. At $5 per player, the funds will go toward offsetting the cost to rent the gym for a few hours each night and having refreshments on hand for the players during the games.

The tournament is open to players of all ages and abilities.

Of course, while this is a goodwill session, nevertheless we all hope the Bajans most successfully represent in this tournament!

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