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Oct 3, 2022

Sports Monday Player’s Profile: Kevin Hamilton

And from the Hard Rock Boyz, came the MVP for the Live Life Youth Basketball Tournament. He is none other than Kevin Hamilton. Hamilton, at only twenty eight years old, has enjoyed a great deal of personal success in the sport. He has defied many of the odds stacked up against him, coming from a community riddled with gang warfare. We sought to learn more about this inspiring athlete, in this week’s player’s profile.

 

Paul Lopez, Reporting

Kevin Hamilton was named the Most Valuable Player in the Live Life Youth Basketball Tournament 2022, hosted by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Sprite. Hamilton played for the Hard Rock Boyz a team made up of players from the Iguana Street Area in Belize City. The twenty-eight- year- old basketball player grew up playing the sport as an escape from the crime and violence plaguing his community.  He spoke with us about his experience.

 

Kevin Hamilton

Kevin Hamilton, Basketball Athlete

“I have lost a big brother by gun violence. I think he was shot about eight times.”

 

Paul Lopez

“And I’m sure you have also seen other members of your community fallen”

 

Kevin Hamilton

“Definitely, definitely, actually someone actually died right in front of my gate. So, I have seen firsthand, I have had an uncle who also passed away, but I didn’t feel it, but when my big brother passed away, mien. Violence could do a lot to you, mentally and physically.”

 

And the misfortune continued, as Hamilton lost his childhood home in May of 2018 to a house fire that left thirteen other persons displaced including his girlfriend and son. He left the area for a year and returned. After Saturday’s tournament, we agreed to meet Hamilton the following evening, in a recently refurbished park on Iguana Street extension. When we arrived, a group of residents had gathered to compete in a two-aside basketball youth tournament. They turned a small basketball event into a grand affair.

 

Ms. Kim

Ms Kim, Iguana Street Resident

“Always I the support, sometimes City Council come and ask me for donation for people playing basketball. I always support. Here this place is the first time I support. This morning my husband goes and buys two basketball and we support with small money and now some waters. I support the kids.”

 

Louis “Mr Lou” Mathews

Louis “Mr Lou” Mathews, Iguana Street Resident

“Right now dah just the neighbors deh set up this. This nuh get set up by nobody else but by the neighbors and the community. Cook wah lee food, put a lee five or a lee money eena it and give deh wah little thing, a lee twenty five or a twenty fih the winner. Because dah only we the yah. We nuh got nowhere else fih guh due to the violence and the things weh deh back yah right now. We have to do this. Yo understand mih? Nobody the help the youths deh and help nobody deh kinda way. So we have to get outta  fih we seats and try a little thing. I nuh believe that this dah weh ihn turn out to and mein I nice.”

 

Kevin is regarded by many in his community as a hard working and humble athlete who dedicates most of his time to his family responsibilities and the sport. As he tells it, this MVP player had to invest in improving overtime.

 

Kevin Hamilton

“In primary school I actually made the basketball team, but I didn’t get a jersey. I was a reserve player. So I said to myself, at that point in time, I need to be better, in high school I was better, but my team was not that great. When I was seventeen I played for the national team. That is when I really excelled. So, at that point I realized, I might be short but I can do big things.”

 

Louis “Mr Lou” Mathews

“He dah the baddest bway back yah. Fish dah one ah the baddest baller back yah, without no, anybody could agree with that. You could interview anybody and deh wah tell yo that. Fish dah one ah the baddest lee bway deh back yah. Ih humble, hard working and ih have ih family to.”

 

With a growing need for more positive activities to engage youths in the Iguana Street Area, community leaders like Linberth Moody has turned the sport of basketball, with the hope that more youths will experience the personal success of Kevin Hamilton.  Four years ago, Linberth Moody established the Hard Rock under fifteen and under seventeen basketball teams.

 

Linberth Moody

Linberth Moody, Manager, Hard Rock U-15, 17

“Our junior team, from the beginning of this year we won four championships over at Mexico and e are getting ready to attends Cozumel in Mexico in November as well, to attend that games. Like I said sport is a very big thing in the Iguana Street Area. Every day yo guh through a different something. Sometimes I just lef deh mek deh express deh feelings. I mean this year I have a fouirteen year old weh lose ih mom. He mih live with ih mom. Ih deh by ihself but ih dad  deh round, his brother and sister, but it was literally he and his mom. I have other kids weh deh father walk away, or deh nuh have it. Evertything eena the mix, to me that’s why I she sports suh important, deh nuh really worry. Once deh the play the game, dah wah whole different bunch a young men yo the sih.”

 

Kevin Hamilton

“If you instill that in your head that you could be the best, you wah be the best.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Paul Lopez


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