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Apr 5, 2018

Honoring Campeche Champions Future Shock

Belize’s youth athletes continue to impress on the international stage. Tonight we feature a group of young ballers from the City, known as Future Shock. Their opponents in the recent Campeche Youth Basketball championship felt the shock right away as the team swept to victory and maintain an enviable unbeaten record nationally and regionally. The National Sports Council decided to host the team as a way to recognize youth achievement and provide motivation to continue. News Five’s Aaron Humes was there.

 

Aaron Humes, Reporting

In an effort to recognize youth achievement, this afternoon the National Sports Council of Belize and the Ministry of Sports hosted a ceremony for members of the Future Shock basketball team, who swept to victory in this year’s Campeche Youth Basketball Cup. Team coach and local basketball legend Clinton “Pulu” Lightburn says his group of boys has overcome what he calls the “family feud” of gang rivalry on the South Side to band together.

 

Clinton “Pulu” Lightburn

Clinton “Pulu” Lightburn, Future Shock

“We keep saying gangs, gangs – the problem has gone beyond gangs, it’s a family feud! We used to just go after each other because you da wah memba a wah gang – now, it’s because you’re related to somebody, and the irony of that is that in this beautiful Jewel of ours we are all family. To make a long story short, Future Shock has a record of forty and oh in basketball in Belize and the Yucatan. We have conquered the Yucatan. We have won the Bacalar Cup, the Yucatan Cup, the Campeche Cup, the Bulldogs Classic and we are on our way to winning the Ahmadiyya Classic where we are six and oh. And hopefully with the support of the National Sports Council, the Future Shock family and the people of Belize, we will be representing again at the end of June, early July, in the Cancun Cup. Which I think, which I believe, which I know we will win!”

 

For players, like Christian Varela, it was a dream come true.

 

Christian Varela

Christian Varela, Point Guard, Future Shock

“When I was younger I couldn’t play basketball that much. But then my friend told me about Bulldogs Camp at St. John’s and he help me to improve in my game. And then one night I was hanging with my friend and Coach Brown came to me and said he is going to Chetumal to represent Belize; I said okay then. I didn’t know who Pulu was at that time; when I got on the bus I said who is he? (Laughter) Then Coach Brown told me that is Pulu Lightburn, one of the greatest in Belize. Then I went to play in Chetumal and we won and we went to eat and we came back with a big smile on our face.”

 

And Sports Council Director Ian Jones and Vice-President Orson Elrington hailed the team as an example of the heights the country can reach in sport.

 

Ian Jones

Ian Jones, Director, National Sports Council

“The National Sports Council is fully in support of the Belize Future Shock program. And Mr. Lightburn, for the next tournament, in Cancun, we will again support you in that program. And I also want to say – Pulu, you might like to hear this. Right now, if you guys notice, there is construction going on next door to Marion Jones. That will be the home of Future Shock – it will be a multi-purpose complex…(Applause); it will have two wooden courts, an indoor training facility, and from the Sports Council our commitment to Future Shock is that that will be the home of Future Shock.”

 

Orson Elrington

Orson Elrington, Vice-President, National Sports Council

“You young men have so valiantly represented Belize, and therefore we here at the Sports Council, the Honorable Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber who is the Minister of Sports, Youth and Education, and on behalf of all the people of Belize, we want to congratulate you on such a magnificent achievement in capturing the championship of the renowned Campeche Basketball Cup.”

 

Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

 

The Elite League’s Digicell Belize City team has invited the Future Shock side to their next game as a reward.

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