HAI - HAITI HOSTS 2nd ANNUAL BASKETBALL U19 ID CAMP AND COACHING CLINIC On the Road to Ushering a New Era of Basketball in HaitiJune 9th, 2017
Port-au-Prince, June 9, 2017: In the efforts to discover new talent for the national teams and reinforce and provide education to existing coaches, the Federation Haitienne de Basketball (FHB) with support from the NBA Development League, Rio Grande Valley Vipers coaching staff will hold its 2nd Annual U19 ID Camp and 2nd Annual Coaching Clinic in Port-au-Prince from June 12 – 18.
The goal is to identify new talent to make up Haiti’s national teams. “The hope is to showcase Haiti’s athletic talent and immense sports potential and develop a network of key stakeholders to grow the game of basketball locally and have a presence internationally”, said Henri Jean, President of the Federation. With current Haitian-American players such as Nerlens Noel and Skal Labissière in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Haiti is in a unique position to leave a quick imprint in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) and FIBA Americas tournaments.
This year’s camp and clinic will feature Matt Brase, Head Coach, Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA DLeague); Cody Toppert, Assistant Coach, Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA D-League); Nicholas Friedman, Assistant Coach/ Video Coordinator, Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA D-League) and Dale Davis, Former NBA Indiana Pacers (tentative).
"We are honoured to be a part of such an ambitious project. Haiti has been through so much over the years, the distress and tragedy can’t even be put into words. For us, basketball is a tool that can bring people together, provide opportunities and a platform to spread joy. We are excited to develop coaches, players, infrastructure and a national team program that will endure throughout the island and provide the people of Haiti with a new-found sense of national pride exhibited on a world stage and at the highest levels," said Cody Toppert, Assistant Coach, NBADL Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
With the support of Ms. Regine Lamur, the Haitian Minister of Youth, Sport and Civic Action and key partners in the basketball community, coaches, club teams, regional and national sport organization, specifically FIBA Americas and the NBA Development League, the Federation is prone to dramatically improve the basketball landscape in Haiti and positively impact the region. The benefits of these collaborations will spur the creation of a pool of talented athletes and technicians as well as incite economic activity to help develop a sustainable industry through sport.
“At the identification camp, the Federation and my staff are looking to find new talent on the island as we make plans for the national team. We are also looking to educate the local coaches and youth and set a firm foundation of the game of basketball. We are excited to work with the talent on the island and are honoured to be a part of the process.” Matt Brase, Head Coach, NBADL Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
ABOUT THE FEDERATION HAITIENNE DE BASKETBALL The Féderation Haïtienne de Basketball (FHB) was founded in 1951 and is a non-government and non-profit organisation part of the Comité Olympique HaÏtien (COH). The FHB mandate is to organise, lead and develop the game of basketball in Haiti. Using sport as a tool for development, the FHB aims to develop future young leaders, strengthen the communities it serves through socio-economic transformation and integration thereby, translating values learned in basketball into opportunities for development and excellence.