Many young men from Central Abaco gathered at the Ocean View Park in Dundas Town in the afternoon of August 22 to attend a two-hour mini basketball camp. The coaches were two former residents of Abaco, Leslie Jeanville, “Coach Muggsy,” who grew up on the Treasure Cay Farm and his cousin Gerald Celestin from the Mudd.
Both men moved away when they were young boys, but are grateful for the possibilities they were offered in Florida and still remember their youth on Abaco.
They are presently coaching sports at Miami Dade High School and have a coaching company, Muggsy Systems, through which they sponsored the trip.
Mr. Celestin started the camp with a pep talk, first introducing himself and telling the boys about his life in Florida. He told them that playing basketball was great, but he stressed, “The game is not enough, you need the grades.”
The two men then proceeded to have the players do warm-up and strengthening exercises from one end of the court to the other, as well as dribbling and shooting baskets, pointing out the right technique.
Water and snacks were provided after the workout.
“We decided on the camp as a way to give back to the place where we grew up,” said Mr. Jeanville. “We did not think anyone from the United States came to Abaco to do training. That’s why we decided to come.”