Schools unite for basketball revival

2017-05-10 06:00

WESTERN Suburbs Support Forum (WSSF) hosted a Revival of Eastern Cape Basketball Tournament at Lawson Brown High School on April 29.

Lawson Brown offered up their newly renovated basketball courts to host the tournament and pay tribute to the memory of their late basketball coach, Andrew Rudman.

Rudman played a fundamental role in the growth and development of most basketball players in Nelson Mandela Bay in the early 90s.

Lawson Brown High School Principal Don Cairncross was touched at the efforts put into reviving the sport through such an initiative and welcomed WSSF to the school.

The two organisers and co-founders of WSSF, Chuma Kimberley and Siyanda Jemsana, have been working tirelessly since 2015 to help children through sport and team building initiatives.

Though it has been a trying process, they have been able to change kids’ lives despite parents regularly failing to lend their support and children who end up losing faith in themselves.

The event was flooded with supporters. Representatives from the University of Fort Hare (UFH), Timberwolves Club and Vula Mazibuko all travelled to Port Elizabeth to support the initiative.

Participating teams from the Nelson Mandela Bay included Geminiyes, Expandables, Comets and Khwezi Lomso High School, to name a few.

Lawson Brown also participated in the tournament and showed off their skills on the court.

The WSSF Girls’ u/18 team took first place in their category, while second place went to Vula Mazibuko from East London and third place to Lawson Brown Girls’ u/18.

PE Comets Boys’ u/19 are still the reigning champions, having claimed first place in their division, with WSSF in second place.

NMMU took first place in the Men’s Division, with Geminiyes in second place and UFH in third.

In the u/16 division, victory was claimed by Khwezi Lomso High School, second place went to Motherwell’s Coselelani High School and third to Lawson Brown High School.

WSSF thanked Lawson Brown for opening their school to them, as well as the sponsors who never failed to lend a helping hand to their projects.

WSSF Chairperson Chuma Kimberley said, “I was so overwhelmed by the atmosphere, the support and love that the people of PE showed us and their kids in the scorching heat. This is our second tournament after the rugby tournament last December, and it proves that we are still growing.

“It only takes one person to change a child’s life and that is something that we will continue striving for until our goals are reached. We want to reach deep into the impoverished areas in townships where kids do not even know what is like to kick an actual soccer ball.”

Kimberley added that they cannot do that alone.

“We need the parents to come on board and for private companies and the government to assist in taking our kids off the streets and onto the sports fields. How can we fight crime and drug abuse while the major stakeholders do not assist the men on the ground who are actually doing the work? We love what we do and we are doing it for the children,” said Kimberley.

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