The Sunrise Foundation was started on May 23 by Alvino Saunders – a Cooper’s Town resident. It is an all-boys club organization geared at helping young men to stay busy by involving them primarily in sports for now, but aiming later on to bring their awareness to community needs, such as donation drives for the Cancer Society or blood drives when needed.
Since May, the club members have concentrated on basketball training with the outcome being a Jamboree held between Sunrise Foundation Basketball Team and an All Star Team from Dundas and Murphy Towns, affiliated to the Abaco Church Sports Association.
A bus-load of players from Victory Tabernacle, Zion Baptist Church, Abaco Youth Ministry and Change Ministries, driven by Pastor Everett Strachan, left Murphy Town around 7:00pm on August 23 on its way to Cooper’s Town to participate in the event . They were accompanied by their coaches and supporters.
In Cooper’s Town they were welcomed by the coordinators of the Jamboree, Sylvia Poitier and Mr. Saunders, who had trophies ready for the winners. Many locals made their way to the Cooper’s Town Community Park basketball court to watch the four games which were played during that evening.
The Church Sports Association All Star Team defeated Abaco Youth Ministries 22 to 13 in the under 19 category in the first game.
Sunrise Foundation Basketball team defeated Abaco Youth Ministries, 24 to 20 in the under sixteen category in the second game.
It was another victory for Cooper’s Town in the third game of under-nineteen participants. Sunrise Foundation beat Abaco Youth Ministries 28 to 26 in an exciting game during which all the players worked hard to make their team win.
The last game was played between the All Star Abaco Church Sports team and Abaco Youth Ministries also in the under nineteen age group.
The All Star team, comprised of players such as Edney “Bootie” Bethel, Brendon Davis and Edvon Stuart, to mention a few, defeated the Youth Ministries team.
The two winning teams- Sunrise Foundation and All Star Church Sports Association were scheduled to meet again in Cooper’s Town for the championship game, in both the under 16 and under 19 age groups, on September 7.