(NMIBF) – The Northern Mariana Islands Basketball Federation is bringing youth sport closer together CNMI with the launch of its Mini Basketball and Basketball for Good programs.
The programs are similar to the initiatives of FIBA Oceania and the International Basketball Foundation, which encourage their affiliated federations to offer basketball programs that would increase participation in sport and help train members. healthy and active communities.
To launch the two programs, the NMIBF has partnered with the Tan Siu Lin Foundation and Saipan Soccer School, which are the main organizers of the Summer Sports Camp 2011. The summer camp started on July 6 and will continue. until July 30 with basketball. as one of the four sports offered to participants.
NMIBF Director Irish Pagarao, who co-leads the Mini Basketball and Basketball for Good programs with fellow NMIBF Director Marlyn Lumabi, leads the camp basketball sessions at the Gillette Multi-Purpose Gymnasium at TSL Sports Complex Monday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Five NMI Rollers players – Chioni Dela Cruz, Ervin Villarin, TJ Factor, Kyu Aldan and Nobet Hocog – volunteered to help Pagarao teach children 12 and under the basics of basketball. Between 20 and 25 players participate in the camp each day.
“I love it here, I play with a lot of kids. I wanted to learn basketball, but I didn’t have a lot of luck playing because I was busy with school. Now that we are on school break, I am happy to be able to play, ”said Francisco Faimaw, student at William S. Reyes Elementary School.
Darwin Barbo and Jun Estolas, who are regular figures in CNMI basketball leagues, brought their sons Percy and Kian to camp and are proud to see their children playing the sport they love.
“Before, they saw us play, now it’s the other way around. I am happy that he is adopting the sport that fascinates me, ”said Estolas.
“As parents, we are happy to see programs like this because they teach our children not only basketball, but also values, such as teamwork and discipline,” said Barbo.
After the summer sports camp at the TSL Sports Complex, the NMIBF’s Mini Basketball and Basketball for Good programs will move to outdoor basketball courts in various CNMI villages. The NMIBF plans to hold basketball clinics every Saturday in October and November at the basketball courts which have been transformed by public and private organizations. The NMIBF seeks to partner with leaders, groups and government institutions in outreach programs in villages.
“We are thrilled with our Mini Basketball and Basketball for Good programs because we want to reach as many young people as possible. For over a year we have seen a limited number of basketball and other sports activities, so through these initiatives we want to get back on track and in the long term build a grassroots program. solid, ”said NMIBF President James Lee.