CAMP INTROSPECT returned this year and despite having scaled down activities, the objectives were achieved.
That is the assessment of founder of the Blue Chip Basketball Academy, Kishon Bishop, organiser of Camp Introspect.
After a year’s absence, the one-day basketball camps, which aim to teach the fundamentals of the sport to youngsters, were staged at the Campden Park hard court, the Girls’ High School hard court, with the Union Island leg added to the agenda.
Assessing the camps, Bishop, who is based in North Carolina, USA echoed, “the trip was excellent”.
He was especially excited and warmed by the decision to take the camp to Union Island.
“We had our first annual Shad Thomas Basketball Camp in Union Island, in conjunction with the Union Island Basketball Association Summer Camp… It was an excellent camp… We had a turn-out of over 75 kids, ranging from 5 to 17 years”, Bishop said, with a feeling of accomplishment.
Choosing Union Island as a venue to host one of the camps was significant, as it marked one of the landmark achievements of the Blue Chip Basketball Academy.
Thomas, who the camp was named after, is a product of the Union Island basketball programme.
In 2019, through the instrumentality of Bishop, Thomas was able to get a basketball scholarship to attend high school in the USA. Thomas went further by gaining a two-year scholarship to college. He began attending the
Catawba Valley Community College in North Carolina last Monday.
Other than three camps, there were the hosting of the sixth edition of the Veronica Bishop basketball classic and the inaugural Clive Bishop Soccer classic. These were held at the Girls’ High School hard court and the Campden Park Playing Field, respectively.
Bishop, before leaving for the USA, resided in Campden Park. He has represented St Vincent and the Grenadines at basketball, both at the school level in the Windward Islands Schools’ Games and at the national level.
In 2017, Bishop launched the Blue Chip Basketball Academy, with chapters in the USA and here in St Vincent and the Grenadines.