Field in Focus: Stories of Success Basketball Academy
Trinidad and Tobago produces some of the most talented athletes around, some of which have gone on to represent the country and even bring home gold. But they didn't get there overnight; Keshorn Walcott, Michelle-Lee Ahye, and George Bovell started their careers at a very early age, training feverishly to master their skill.
Tomorrow's Michelles and Keshorns are working tirelessly today, driven by their love of sport with hopes of one day representing the country globally.
Field in Focus highlights various organisations that place emphasis on youth in sport. In our first episode, we went to Maloney where we chatted with Kern George, founder of Stories of Success (SoS) Basketball Academy. SoS is a basketball youth development programme that was initially meant to be an outreach programme for at-risk youth. The Academy has since expanded to include all young boys and girls who simply have a passion for the game.
Being a part of the academy has helped open several opportunities for its players. George indicated that members have gone on to join the Defence Force and receive academic scholarships from high schools abroad as well as scholarships from the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
"That's just an avenue that open up for them to help develop them individually, help their families and just better their lives. A lot of them didn't finish school with any subjects, basketball is their way out right now. And if the Defence Force has an opportunity for them to make a living by playing basketball for them, that's a good option for them, so they train every day."
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