Saturday 4 April, 2020

Newly refurbished basketball court for Waterhole, Cocorite

Members of the Rotaract club of Diego Martin and members of the community share a moment as they look on at the young men as they try hooping the ball at the newly refurbished basketball court located at the Waterhole, Cocorite

Members of the Rotaract club of Diego Martin and members of the community share a moment as they look on at the young men as they try hooping the ball at the newly refurbished basketball court located at the Waterhole, Cocorite

Community spaces are crucial for camaraderie and other social skills development.

They help to connect residents and enable a communal spirit that helps build character. On Saturday 7 December residents of Waterhole, Cocorite officially unveiled a newly refurbished basketball court. The outdoor community space will now host basketball and football games in a comfortable and inclusive environment.

In July the Digicel Foundation under its EPIC Programme partnered with the Rotaract Club of Diego Martin to transform the outdoor sport facility into a safe and youth-friendly space. The collaborative effort saw the installation of a ramp making it more accessible to persons with disabilities. The US$4,500 grant covered the cost to repaint the pavilion seating, installation of court lights, repainting of the court and replacement of backboard, basketball rings and nets. A wheelchair courtesy the Rotary Club of Chaguanas was also presented to a child with autism.

Speaking at the launch Councillor Marcia Marslin stated, β€œshe could not recall the last time the court was utilised by the residents.” She applauded the efforts of the Rotaractors adding, β€œIt was such a blessing to see young people motivated to be so involved in activities which will positively impact a community such as Waterhole.”

Project Lead, Alexander Hillaire of the Rotaract Club of Diego Martin spoke about the club prevailing with the execution of the project, despite challenges along the way while Digicel Foundation Operations Manager Cindy Ann Currency commended Councillor Marcia Marslin for being a guiding light throughout the project.

In closing, Community member Miranda Peters also thanked the Rotaract Club of Diego and Digicel Foundation for their work done in the community and expressed gratitude for the positive impact they had on the community thus far.

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