US basketball team makes donation to youths in the Toledo District

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Updated: July 8, 2015

Officials from Cleveland Basketball School in the United States have concluded a visit to the Toledo District.

Paul Mahung reporting…

“The visit was part of a four day basketball skills camp from July 2-6 with direct participation from Ohio Cleveland’s basketball school founder and manager Paul Haut.”

Paul Haut, Manager

“It’s our second time in Belize. Three years ago we went and did all the districts, all their national teams and we had an opportunity of the three years to work with a coach and get him some equipment and balls and everything that he needed and most of the coaches in the country said that anything we would give we should give it to Spies kids because they need it. So when we come back now we’re just going to come back we’re not doing Olympic teams and those things we want something here every year a couple times a year and I think the second big thing we’re going to meet at this year is that we both want to get six to eight Belizean kids over to America in the summer or whenever there is no school and we have 2,000 children we train and I know I can get parents that will take them for a week and show them all around Cleveland and Colleges and stuff and they’ll come back and tell the other kids and it’s going to be based on grades and the good kids. I want them to go to college over there and be able to do good there so that is what my goal is for the program.”

Paul Mahung, Love News

“Coordinator of the event was caretaker of Toledo Sports Council Raymond Sanchez.”

Raymond Sanchez, Toledo Sports Council

“I’m grateful for Paul and his son and I am so grateful for the things that they do for us in Punta Gorda especially with equipment they brought for us, the clothes and the footwear. It’s an annual event that we usually have and the kids in Punta Gorda they really need the type of training that the guys at the NBA or college level get, the brought everything for us especially the ball skills and it’s very important for us in the districts to learn and develop the fundamentals of basketball.”

Paul Mahung, Love News

“Would you like to comment on how many participants you had?”

Raymond Sanchez, Toledo Sports Council

“We had 75 participants that came from age 5 to age 18.

Paul Mahung, Love News

Are there any future plans for these youths?”

Raymond Sanchez, Toledo Sports Council

“Our plan is to continue our program it’s an all year event and the plan is to get these kids to America to get a break to go to one of the schools there along with coach Paul and continue their training onto the next level. I’m so appreciative of coach Paul and the other people who volunteered their time.”

Paul Mahung, Love News

“Raymond Sanchez also expressed gratitude for financial assistance to the basketball skills camp made available through the PetroCaribe summer camp funds. During closing ceremony marking the completion of the four day basketball camp held at Hollywood basketball court in Punta Gorda certificates of attendance were presented to participants by Mayor Fern Gutierrez and event assistance assistant coordinator Thomas Tillett.