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Apr 29, 2011

Rose Classic Basketball Camp bounces to a successful 4th quarter

Two-weeks ago more than two hundred and seventy children and youth from across the city flocked the Bird’s Isle for the Rose Classic basketball camp. This year saw largest turn-out and for its fifth year it was a huge success. The camp, which kept the youngsters occupied during the Easter Break closed off today, but not without the recognition of some of the city’s most talented young ballers. Cleon Hyde, Founder and Organizer of the Rose Classic said that this year the competitive spirit was high amongst the youths.

Devin Daly, MVP-High School Division

Devin Daly

“This basically makes me put my head up high and be very proud of myself. During these troublesome times I am just trying to keep myself occupied and keep myself out of trouble that’s basically the reason why I decided to participate and the mere fact that I love basketball.”

Andrea Polanco

“You were named Most Valuable Player, did you expect this?”

Devin Daly

“Well I already knew that my hard work would eventually become my end product yuh know, I definitely didn’t expect it but it’s a good gesture.  Definitely, currently am, presently am on the Belize Under Seventeen National team and in the future I’d like to continue playing basketball.”

Andre Vasquez

Andre Vasquez, Scholar Athlete Award

“Well I neva really have nothing fuh duh fuh Easter so I just decide fi come play.”

Andrea Polanco

“So how was the two week experience for you?”

Andre Vasquez

“It was a fun experience and getting to know everybody else.”

Andrea Polanco

“You enjoy playing basketball?”

Tevaun Lennan

Tevaun Lennan, MVP-Biddie Division

“Yes Ma’am.”

Andrea Polanco

“So these past two weeks in the Rose Classic what was it like for you?”

Tevaun Lennan


Andrea Polanco

“Suh you dah wah good basketball player?”

Tevaun Lennan

“Yes ma’am.”

Andrea Polanco

“Wat mek you decide fi be ah part ah dis Rose Classic?”

Tevaun Lennan

“I neva play een it last year dats why I come fi come play eena it dis year.”

Cleon Hyde

Cleon Hyde, Founder & Organizer: Rose Classic

“One of the main, yuh nuh the highlight was the amount of the kids that participated this year was much more than I anticipated. It was yuh nuh, the word of mouth got out and so the kids were very in tuned, they ready for it they heard about it from friends who participated years ago. It was fun. We started a new division which was the  9-11 years old, that was fun to see the little guys running up and the down the court,  umm they were excited, you see the little crying when they lost.”

So what’s next for Rose Classic 2012?  Well, Hyde said the youth can expect more.  He will go back to the drawing board and devise a plan to accommodate more participants next year.

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5 Responses for “Rose Classic Basketball Camp bounces to a successful 4th quarter”

  1. Swamp Dragon says:

    Great program Mr. Clyde. We need more leaders like you. Things like this do a lot a good for the youths. It may not keep all them out of trouble, but it will save some of them for sure. One good experience like this can change a young man’s direction for the rest of his life. One of these kids has a better outlook on life than before he went to the camp.

  2. Jackie Graham says:

    Great job Mr. Hyde! I am so proud of my son Devin Daly for participating and capturing the MVP title. Kudos to the organizers of the tournament.

  3. think before yo talk says:

    rose classic ,it is nowa house hold name in belize , big up mr hyde !!!! and hey may u get more support for ur venture , its belizeans like u dat walk the walk and not talk makes a difference in people lives , hey may god bless u and the rose classic , big up

  4. cleon hyde says:

    thanks to channel 5 and everyone who has supported ROSE CLASSIC its makes me happy and proud to know that something that i’ve vision for the kids of belize is fastly becoming a success. i truly love the kids of belize and i’m hoping to take it country wide in the near future.

  5. Shawn from Vancouver says:

    Great to see a sucessful basketball camp! 270+ people is an awesome turn out.
    I am coming to Belize in late May and looking forward to playing on the local courts.
    Can’t wait!

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