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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 00:00

Opening Prayer for the CampDay one of the seventh annual Rose Classic Basketball Camp opened with over 400 youths attending on Monday, March 25th.


Cleon Hyde is the director of the competition and commissioner of various basketball leagues sanctioned by Nike. He said that the tournament is geared towards youths between the ages of 9 and 18. This year will make the seventh year that the tournament has been in existence in Belize and it has gotten bigger every year. In its first year, the tournament hosted a little over 80 youths. Last year, the number grew to over 300 boys and girls and this year on its first day, the tournament registered over 400 ballers from all over the Belize District.

The Rose Classic International tournament is sanctioned under the Nike umbrella. Nike International provides all the jerseys and equipment used in the tourney. The Belize City Council has been a co-sponsor of the camp since its inception. On Monday, Mayor Darrell Bradley, Deputy Mayor Eric Chang, Councillors Bernard Pitts, Jr. and Dean Samuels visited the camp to present a cheque for $6,500 in support of the program. Mayor Bradley commented on the dedication of our youths to sport and cited it as one way of engaging them in positive and productive activities with a view to reducing crime. Councillor Pitts, whose portfolio covers Youth and Sports, encouraged them to stay positive and be team players. 

Hyde said that the camp is about more than just basketball. He believes that the tournament has built a network of friends which includes young men from all over the city. The tournament is also sanctioned by the NCAA, which means that college coaches from the United States can sit in during recruiting periods.