For the third time Coach Jeffrey Rodgers came to Marsh Harbour to share his knowledge of the game with the local children. Coach Rodgers recently celebrated his twenty fifth anniversary of teaching basketball summer camps in Nassau as well as on other islands of the Caribbean.
Approximately thirty kids aged 5 to 16 attended the camp which was held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. starting August 6 at Agape Christian School’s Grace Gymnasium. It ended in the evening of August 10 with a demonstration for the parents of what their children had learned during their five days participation.
The coordinator, Tony William Davis, explained that he had asked Mr. Rodgers to come to Abaco again to expose the local kids to professional basketball techniques. Before relinquishing the stage to the children Coach Rodgers thanked the parents present, reminding them how important it was that they support their children by sharing some of their experiences. Watching them as they practice and play creates a lasting bond between parents and children.
He explained that, for him, holding the summer camps is like a ministry, during which he not only teaches the game but also instills notions of integrity, respect and discipline. He said that he was going to be more involved in the program. Next year he is trying to bring some of the MBA players he knew to Marsh Harbour. He further mentioned the availability of scholarships for gifted players.
During their demonstration the children were lined up. One was called to do the invocation. Then they all sung the National Anthem, saluted the flag and recited the Pledge. They were then separated into age groups to demonstrate a series of drills aimed at showing how to move on a basketball court. The demonstration continued with exhibition games. The children had learned an impressive amount in a short time.
The many parents who attended that evening expressed their appreciation on many occasions. They clapped and cheered as their children demonstrated all the techniques they had learned. Coach Rodgers was accompanied by Leonardo Davis who is a professional player in Canada. His second helper was Tehran Cox, who just finished college at High Point University, N.C. He too intends to return to the United States to play professionally.