By Bishop Ken Carroll
The Crown Haven Community Park came alive on the evening of Tuesday, July 26, as over 25 Abaconian boys took center court at the Summer Youth Basketball Fun Tournament.
Bishop Ken Carroll, Urban Renewal 2.0 Crown Haven Community Center Manager, tossed the basketball in the air shouting “Let the game begin!”
Excitement filled the air as the young NBA hopefuls displayed their talent as the Kevin Pit Bulls made the first basket, taking the lead as Mill’s Rockets struggled behind with only a few baskets. Time keepers Angel Russell and Celo Wells made sure that everyone played fairly.
About ten minutes into the game, many came out to watch the young basketball players, some cheering for their team while others cheered for individual players. Carroll said that those who attended displayed great talent on the court and that he applauds organizers Terrado Hield and Leslia McIntosh for such a successful event.
The tournament, which was organized by Hield, the Summer Youth Job Program Coordinator, hosted young men from Cedar Harbor to Crown Haven settlements.
While organizing the tournament proved to be quite a challenge, Hield says he was able to make it happen thanks to the Urban Renewal 2.0 Crown Haven Community Center staff, in conjunction with the Government Summer Youth Job Program, which diligently worked with him and McIntosh, the Summer Youth Public Relations Officer. Hield says he has immense appreciation for those who believed in his vision and contributed including the North Abaco Local Government, the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Emmaus Road Ministries – Green Turtle Cay, Fox Town Police Station, Crown Haven Volleyball Association, and New Haven Church of God.
“We as leaders or parents must help birth the vision that is hidden in the minds and hearts of our Abaco youth,” explained Carroll.
The Kevin Pit Bulls won over the Mills Rockets 58 to 42, despite the great plays and steals done by the Mills Rockets they were still not able to win the game. Mills Rockets’ star player, Uireo Mills, was named the MVP with his rebounding baskets of 16 points.