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Jul 4, 2012

Summer Camp threatened with closure

And while that activity is inspiring hoop dreams, another youth oriented activity is trying to keep its promises from being deferred. A summer camp in the St. Martin De Porres Area has been ongoing for the last thirteen years; but it could be the last one as the economic downturn is threatening to close it down. Freelance Reporter, Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The Third World Sports and Education Camp has been in existence for the past thirteen years. But it appears that the summer camp which caters to over a hundred kids of St. Martin De Porres and surrounding areas is threatening to close as there is little to no money to facilitate the camp.

 

Deon Flowers, Organizer, Third World Sports and Education Camp

Deon Flowers

“Third World Sports and Education—this dah areas that is referred to as third world and the sports and education means wi football, basketball, checkers. It’s so we can keep the kids active where their minds can cool off and relax.”

 

Duane Moody

“What is it that you guys need? I notice that in some instances that you are using a football to play basketball. Is it sporting equipment that you need; financial support? What is it that you need?”

 

Deon Flowers

“We use the football because we are short of lot of equipment; that is why we want to get some help with the small ball so that the kids can shoot to the rim because the ball too big and heavy for the kids. We need water; water dah very important thing. Then after that we need thing fi feeding program because we have pickney weh eat and some weh noh eat. And we try got fi all ah them—make them at least get something up dehn stomach. We don’t just want them to run about and noh got nothing. We want to get food: orange banana, melon.”

 

The now shortened two-week camp teaches sport techniques for football, volleyball, basketball and also checkers to enthusiastic kids.

 

Kevianne Gladden, Camp Participant

“I learn how to play volleyball, football and basketball as well as other kids of sports.”

 

Duane Moody

“Did you always want to do this?”

 

Kevianne Gladden

Kevianne Gladden

“Yes sir always.”

 

Duane Moody

“Is there anything else that you think you need to make the camp better?”

 

Kevianne Gladden

“Not really but the thing is that we need to make the people stop crime and so.”

 

Keyshawn Bradley

Keyshawn Bradley, Camp Participant

“We play great things and we could play football, any kinda things we could play.”

 

Duane Moody

“And you’re gonna take this back to school and play with your friends?”

 

Keyshawn Bradley

“I learn to play with them, play with everybody and make it be fun.”

 

Duane Moody

“Do you advise other people to come and join and learn how to play the other sports?”

 

Keyshawn Bradley

“Yes.”

 

Deon Flowers

“Disciple here and home. We di teach them sports, training physical; everything we try teach them. This camp is not only for third world, it is for the whole world. People from Cayo, people from foreign, people from all about in this camp yah so; the camp dah fi all pickney weh interested ina wah learn the basics, we deh right yah so fi teach dehn.”

 

But despite its financial struggle, the camp’s organizer, Deon Flowers says the camp will continue to accept others who want to join the camp.

 

Deon Flowers

“We noh left no kids out because today days are about them because we are tired of hearing mothers cry about the young ones and thing like that because dehn noh got nothing fi do. We noh want see them go dah di wrong spot or wrong places.  If anybody want to join the camp, all dehn need fi do dah just come like everybody else.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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