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Spartans b-ball focuses on holistic growth

Friday, December 13, 2013
Young charges at Spartans Basketball Academy are pictured with coach Morgan Shade, standing left, director of Spartans Graham Leitch, councilor of Morne Coco/Alyce Glen Robert Benoit, chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Alderman Darryl Smith, head coach Cleveland King and director of Spartans Garvin Warwick.

T&T club Spartans Basketball Academy is on a mission to merge the holistic development of T&T’s youth with the growth of local basketball.


The programme that was founded three months ago by Garvin Warwick and Graham Leitch was created with the purpose of cultivating the athletic potential of youth who aspire to continue in the sport of basketball on a collegiate and professional level in T&T. 


According to Warrick, “Our goal is to emphasize individual skill development as well as the necessary team concepts so that children may excel in any program whether it is school, recreation, or competitive basketball. We intend to offer year around competitive training programs to kids between the ages of five to 12 years and to create a solid foundation for basketball in T&T”.


In addition to the athletic component this program also serves as a platform to teach the next generation important life values and morals. “We believe that physical literacy and learning through movement contributes to the development of both moral and intellectual learning,” said Warrick.


“We instill in them the concept of fair play, as learning fair play behavior in sport can lead to the development and reinforcement of fair play behavior in the school, home and society at large”, shared Warwick.


Via its marriage of sport and education, Spartans aims to increase the quality of basketball played at both the primary and secondary school levels and to inspire and motivate players to maximize their potential and achieve excellence as a team.


With the support of sponsors and partners such as Republic Bank, Flavorite Foods, Gatorade, Nestle and Smalta, the organizers have provided a structured and competitive environment for local youths to play basketball and have ensured that through its leadership and management, sponsors of the program will get maximum mileage from their investment.


Headquartered at the Maple Leaf International School, Spartans Basketball Academy opened its doors in September and currently engages more than 20 youths every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to midday.


Its second term begins next month and interested parents are encouraged to sign up their kids early in order to secure them a spot.


Further information on the academy and for bookings, contact at 788-2323 or e-mail [email protected];


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