Berean grad shares basketball tips with English kids

Emily May coaches basketball in the Isles of Scilly in England.

On Thursday, August 18, longtime Wellington resident Emily May shared her passion for basketball with a number of school children on England’s Isles of Scilly (pronounced “silly”), an archipelago of islands located about 30 miles off the south west coast of England.

On the morning and afternoon of August 18, she conducted two separate basketball clinics for a number of elementary and middle school aged children living on the islands.

The clinics, offered as a courtesy to local children because of her family’s long-standing ties to those islands, were held inside the gymnasium of Five Islands School on the main island of St. Mary’s. May’s act of global goodwill through basketball has been supported by Visit Scilly, the local group that promotes tourism to the islands.

May, 28, enjoyed sharing her passion and knowledge for basketball, which she played in high school at Berean Christian School and college at Northwood University, now Keizer University in West Palm Beach, and at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens. . She now coaches high school basketball and a travel women’s basketball team, Miami Impact.

“The clinics were wonderful,” May said. “I had a small group of high school boys in the morning. Then in the afternoon I had a bigger group of primary school boys and girls which was great.

Part of Visit Scilly’s support for the clinics was to provide May with return transport to the Isles of Scilly on board the Scillonian III, the passenger ship that operates a daily service between the Isles of Scilly and the Port of Penzance, located in the most south-westerly county of England. from Cornwall. The trip aboard the Scillonian III takes around 2h30. While visiting the islands, she stayed with a local couple, Terry and Jane Ward.

May said the trip aboard the Scillonian III to the Isles of Scilly on Wednesday August 17 was a tourist adventure.

“We saw the south coast of Cornwall until it stopped at Land’s End and then we were out to sea,” May said. “The return trip to Penzance aboard Scillonian III on Saturday 20 August was also fun. I can not wait to return to.”

It’s fair to say that the locals, known as Scillonians, would also love to see her back, ready to share her knowledge and passion for basketball.

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