bmobile’s investment inspires schools’ basketball bounce back.
TSTT Corporate Communications
Young Trinidad and Tobago basketballers got to take their shot on the national courts after a fourteen-year absence thanks to support from bmobile.
The communications solutions provider’s investment saw the welcomed return of the Trinidad and Tobago Schools’ Basketball Association’s (SBA) National Basketball Championships. Talented players from schools across the country eagerly competed at the Southern Regional Indoor Sporting Arena in Pleasantville, vying for coveted prizes.
The revival of the competition is another avenue for young sports men and women to display their talent and woo potential clubs and team scouts that can catapult their basketball careers.
TSTT’s Senior Manager - Corporate, Environmental, Social & Reputation Management, Khamal Georges, said the company understands the importance of investing in competitive basketball.
“We proudly invest in this sport and in our youth because of the positive and transformational effect it can have on their lives. By investing in the overall development of our young basketball players, our goal is to help them unlock their full potential, expose them to additional opportunities, teach them to be adaptable and boost their resilience. We also value the ability of sport in building school spirit and camaraderie.” After some fierce rivalry, these were the results.
Fatima College dominated the male category as they copped the Under-15 and Under-17 titles. Signal Hill Secondary finished as silver medallists in the U15 category while Holy Cross College earned bronze.
Copping second in the U17s was Bishop’s High School of Tobago while Holy Cross College took third for yet another time.
In the U20 male division, Bishop’s High won the trophy while Hillview College finished as runners-up. Fatima College rounded off the top three. Bishop’s Chris Roberts took home the MVP award.
In the female category, Northeastern College won the Open Female followed by Holy Name Convent Port of Spain and Pleasantville Secondary, in that order. East Mucurapo Secondary copped the U15 females with Fyzabad Anglican Secondary coming in second.
The TTSBA currently has four active zones across both Trinidad and Tobago, with more than 1000 children actively involved in the sport.
“It took a lot of work and effort to get us where we are today. We are excited to know that the nationals are back under my watch and rest assured 2024 will be even bigger and better. We must thank our sponsors including bmobile for coming on board to support our championships” stated TTSBA president Allison Bastien.
She added that bmobile’s contribution was one of the key driving forces behind the event’s successful hosting and return.
“They’ve helped revive the sport in schools. How amazing is that? Without their sponsorship, we would not have a national basketball championship this year, and we haven’t had one since 2009. We had zonal competitions before, but we haven’t had one on a national scale for 14 years, so their contribution is major for the return of the national championships,” Bastien added.
The schools involved were (boys) Fatima College, Bishop’s High, Holy Cross College, Hillview College, Pleasantville Secondary, St. Benedict’s College, (girls) Mucurapo East, Holy Name Convent Port of Spain, Northeastern College, Pleasantville Secondary and Scarborough Secondary.