The Sport Changes Life Foundation recently hosted an exciting basketball camp for young people in Letterkenny.

The camp was held as part of a series of basketball camps across Ireland in advance of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, which will welcome leading American university basketball teams to Northern Ireland to go head-to-head for the first time in Europe on December 1 and 2, 2017.

Designed to encourage young people to try the sport locally and to develop skills for basketball players of all levels, these unique camps were hosted by Sport Changes Life’s Victory Scholars.

The Letterkenny camp was held at Letterkenny Institute of Technology and led by Victory Scholars Makenzie Burud, Chaz Walter and Faith Welch from Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

The camps addressed the basics of the sport as well as fine-tuning each player’s game and also addressing leadership and teamwork through inspiring talks.

Discussing the impact of this unique opportunity for young people Gareth Maguire, CEO, the Sport Changes Life Foundation, said, “The opportunity to train with Sport Changes Life’s Victory Scholars not only helps young players to hone their skills, but also opens their minds to the vast opportunities available for young people through sport.  Consisting of American postgraduate students who have excelled in their academics and sport during their undergraduate studies, our Victory Scholars are selected to study at local universities whilst playing basketball for and coaching local teams.”

Speaking on behalf of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, Executive Director Marc Mulholland said, “We are delighted at the success of our basketball camps. Not only did they help young people to stay busy during half-term, but they also acted as an inspirational session to encourage them to pursue their sporting dreams.  The opportunity to be coached by Sport Changes Life’s Victory Scholars is incredibly inspirational for young athletes and we enjoyed helping young players build their confidence and teamwork both on and off the court.”

The Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic basketball camps were organised to promote interest in the sport of basketball across the Island of Ireland in the run up to the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, December 1 and 2, 2017.

Northern Ireland-based Sport Changes Life Foundation has paired up with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Metro Athletic Conference (MAAC) to host teams from well-known American sporting universities across the USA including Manhattan College, from the Belfast Classic Partner the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), as well as College of the Holy Cross, La Salle University and Towson University.

The two day tournament will attract thousands of basketball enthusiasts from across Ireland, Britain and further afield as they gather to learn more about the quickly-growing sport and support their favourite American university teams.

The Classic will celebrate a partnership with Tourism Northern Ireland and Tourism Ireland to facilitate this large-scale two-day sporting event in Northern Ireland’s capital, while official airline partner Aer Lingus will execute the massive project of transporting the American university teams and their supporters.

On arrival these student athletes will be welcomed by Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Nuala McAllister at a Civic welcome dinner, as the City of Belfast hosts the first of its kind competitive collegiate basketball tournament outside of America.

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