ST. PETERS, St. Maarten - Shoot Hoops Not Guns campaign continues to uplift communities as there was a rewarding weekend of community projects in St. Peters.
After listening to the community’s dreams, projects were started around the Community Center, basketball court and nearby playground. The residents were pleading to have environments that are safe for their kids to play.
The youths of the vicinity took the lead as the areas were cleaned of debris, the grass was cut, trees pruned, donated plants from a community resident were planted around the playground with flower pots created from used tired.
Gardening tools and cleaning supplies were provided by Robelto & Sons and Jazz General Construction. Signs were made from old pallets reminding the public to keep the surroundings clean.
It was also arranged for the lights around the court and on the playground to be repaired immediately. The nets on the basketball rims were replaced by nets constructed by the children as part of the project and a garbage bin placed near the court.
A wall of the Rupert Maynard Community Center's property facing the main road was painted with the slogan “We Love St. Peters” and smeared hand prints of the volunteers decorated the wall with paint donated from Kooyman and Sherwin Williams.
The areas were transformed in a weekend and shows how a unified community can achieve anything.
The campaign concludes with an all-day event on May 28th; a 3 vs 3 basketball tournament and three-point shootout for the district residents for ages 12-17 and 18-26. There will be entertainment and activities for all ages.
The residents of St. Peters are encouraged to come out and celebrate unity through community and support their athletes.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The SXMNBA would like to inform all teams and players that they must be on time for their game. All games will start on the scheduled time. Games will be forfeit if there isn’t five players on the court after fifteen minutes of the scheduled game time.
MONDAY MAY 23RD 2016
7:30PM – STARZ vs RAZORBACKS
9:00PM – DQ WRECKING CREW vs GC THUNDERZ
TUESDAY MAY 24TH 2016
7:30PM – BADBOYZ vs FLEMINGS CAFÉ FLAMES
9:00PM – CAY HILL EXPENDABLES vs SG KINGS
WEDNESDAY MAY 25TH 2016
7:30PM – LATINOS vs ALBERTOS FASHINE SLASHERS
9:00PM – LIGHTNING vs DQ THUNDERZ
THURSDAY MAY 26TH 2016
6:30PM – (WINNERS STARZ vs RAZORBACKS) vs HTP
7:30PM – KNIGHTS vs DQ THUNDERS
THE MIGHTY JAGUARS
The Tournament is now a double elimination
CAYHILL, St. Maarten - More than 60 girls and women participated in the Women’s Football Day that took place on Saturday May 21st 2016.
The event, sponsored by Law office Sulvaran & Peterson, took place at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex and had girls and women, from both the Dutch and French sides of the island, taking part in the activities.
The program consisted of football skills challenges which covered juggling, dribbling, shooting and keeper skills and ended with 5v5 games.
President of Parliament, Mrs. Sarah Wescott-Williams, head of Sports department Ms. Jonelle Richardson and President of the Sint Maarten Soccer Association Mr. Sudesh Singh gave speeches in support of Women’s Football Day.
‘Last year we had only 15 participants and this year more than 60. With such a huge outcome we are more than grateful for all the volunteers who assisted in making the day a success’ commented chair of the Sint Maarten Soccer Association women’s committee Ms. Danaë Daal.
Pictures and information of that day can be found on the Sint Maarten Soccer Association Facebook Page.
Cayhill-More than 60 girls and women participated in the Women’s Football Day that took place on Saturday May 21st 2016. The event, sponsored by Law office Sulvaran & Peterson, took place at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex and had girls and women, from both the Dutch and French sides of the island, taking part in the activities. The program consisted of football skills challenges which covered juggling, dribbling, shooting and keeper skills and ended with 5v5 games. President of Parliament, Mrs. Sarah Wescott-Williams, head of Sports department Ms. Jonelle Richardson and President of the Sint Maarten Soccer Association Mr. Sudesh Singh gave speeches in support of Women’s Football Day. ‘Last year we had only 15 participants and this year more than 60. With such a huge outcome we are more than grateful for all the volunteers who assisted in making the day a success’ commented chair of the Sint Maarten Soccer Association women’s committee Ms. Danaë Daal.
Pictures and information of that day can be found on the Sint Maarten Soccer Association Facebook Page.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The SXMNBA would like to inform all teams and players that they must be on time for their game.
All games will start on the scheduled time.
Games will be forfeit if there isn’t five players on the court after fifteen minutes of the scheduled game time.
SUNDAY MAY 22TH 2016
11:00AM – STARZ vs BADBOYZ
12:00PM – DQ WRECKING CREW vs RAPTORS
1:30PM – RAZORBACKS vs ALBERTO’S FASHION
2:30PM – CAY HILL EXPENDABLES vs PLAYERZ
4:00PM – FLEMINGS FLAMES vs HTP
5:00PM – LIGHTNING vs DQ THUNDERZ
6:30PM – LATINOS vs THE MIGHTY JAGUARS
7:30PM – KNIGHTS vs KINGS
The Tournament is now a double elimination
PRAGUE – For Usain Bolt, the announcement that 31 athletes were caught doping in retests from the 2008 Beijing Olympics was “really bad news”.
“It’s rough. It’s rough in the sport -“Something that’s been tarnishing the sport for years,” the Jamaican great said yesterday.
Bolt was speaking a day after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the 31 athletes could be banned from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Games. He said the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and others “are doing a very good job of cleaning up the sport. They’ve proven that anybody who has cheated, they’re going to catch”.
Bolt will run in the 100 metres at the Golden Spike meet in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava tomorrow, his first race in Europe ahead of the Rio Games.
He said he believed that the crackdown on doping could prove successful.
“Hopefully, we can take steps forward in making the sports better and in the upcoming years, we won’t have these problems,” Bolt said. “But I think it’s a process, and I think over time, we will get better because they’re doing such a good job.”
In track, Russia is banned from competing because of a WADA panel report detailing state-sponsored doping.
The IAAF has yet to decide if the Russian track team will be allowed to compete in Rio.
“I don’t really think about it,” Bolt said. “For me, rules are rules. I really don’t make the rules, so all I do is follow the rules. I can’t really do anything about it.”
Tomorrow’s race will be Bolt’s second 100m after clocking 10.05 seconds in the Cayman Islands on Saturday. After that, he needed a treatment in Germany on the way to Prague.
“I had a tight hamstring after the last race, but I went to see a doctor and he solved the problem,” Bolt said. “I’m feeling pretty good right now. I’m feeling much better. I was training yesterday and everything was better.”
The six-time Olympic champion will race for the eighth time at the Golden Spike meet, part of the IAAF World Challenge series.
“I’ll be very happy with at least 9.8,” he said.
In Europe, Bolt is only scheduled to race in the London Diamond League meet on July 22, two weeks before the Rio Games open.
The 29-year-old Jamaican has not given up his goal to break his own 200m world record of 19.19, set in 2009.
“Definitely, for me, everything’s possible,” he said. “If I can continue on the right path until I get to the Olympics, I definitely think there can be world-records. I really want to run sub, 19. That’s my focus right now.”
Bolt acknowledged that his career might be coming to an end but was still not there.
“I’m definitely at the final stretch for sure,” he said. “I think I’m coming to the end of the finish line, but I can’t say how close I am. I’m just trying to close it out as best as possible.” (AP)
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Country Club at Port De Plaisance in collaboration with the school manager Stuart Johnson of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary have teamed up for a special physical education project.
Since the beginning of the year the Cycle 2 classes of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School added professional tennis classes to their physical education experience. The Physical Education Coach Kevin Dekkers along with the respective class teachers assist during these special classes.
"I am extremely happy so far with the progress our students have shown by participating in this weekly tennis partnership," remarked Stuart Johnson School Manager of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School.
"Every week the students are eager to go to PDP Country Club to gain more knowledge and skills in tennis. The excitement is clearly on their faces are they actively engage in this sport," Johnson added.
“Welcoming the students of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School to the Country Club Port de Plaisance was a great opportunity for us as we strongly believe in providing opportunities for children,” Marc J. Morand General Manager of the Country Club at Port de Plaisance. “I had a great experience being with the students when I visited and saw first-hand how they’ve grown into this sport," said Managing Director of Marine Management & Consulting Jeffrey Dale Boyd.
Mr. Boyd added, "I’m elated to have fostered this working agreement with the school manager in the benefit of the students. These students have really impressed me especially when I had a one on one match with them.” The tennis program started since Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at The Country Club at Port De Plaisance.
Both Mr. Boyd and Mr. Johnson expressed their appreciation to everyone who made this project possible and hoped for a longstanding working relationship.
In Photo: One of the participating classes, Cycle 2 year 1B with Teacher Lacroes and School Manager Stuart Johnson.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – On Monday, May 15th Member of Parliament (MP) Leona Marlin Romeo, queried the Minister of Sports and Health on the plan of approach on ensuring proper ventilation be in place at all sports auditoriums.
Concerns from residents of Sucker Garden who frequents the Melford Hazel Sports auditorium complained about the heat in the facility.
The Member of Parliament also questioned whether there will be some sort of awareness campaign done to inform athletes and parents about the importance of pre-participation physical examinations. These exams are essential and must be mandatory for athletes in our schools and those physically participating in team sports.
Whether such an examination is already part of the school/sports policy was also a question posed by MP Leona Marlin-Romeo.
Identifying athletes that could be at risk for further injury and ensuring that they are referred to more medical evaluations before allowing them to participate is vital.
Globally this is an issue and many countries have taken preventive measures to avoid the risks involved.
Parents must also be cognizant and forthcoming about the medical history of their children so that the sports organizations are aware and can act accordingly stated the Member of Parliament.
It is imperative for all of us to ensure that preventative measures are in place to avoid any more fatal incidents stated Member of Parliament Leona Marlin Romeo.
CAYHILL, St. Maarten - The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced that its second annual Women’s Football Day (WFD) will be celebrated on Saturday, May 21, 2016.
Building on the success of the inaugural women’s day held in 2015, in which 38 of the 41 member associations within the Confederation united to create a significant opportunity for girls and women to play the game, this year’s one-day event will provide an even stronger platform to raise awareness for women’s growing participation in soccer.
The Sint Maarten Soccer Association (SMSA) participated in last year’s event and will join again this year by organising a Football Skills Challenge and a 5 v 5 Tournament.
All women, ages 6 and up, are welcome to participate. Participation is free and the event is scheduled to kick-off at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex at 3:30pm. ‘This is an important day for all women football players as we continue to promote and develop women’s football on Sint Maarten.
We hope that many girls and women who are playing or are interested in the sport join us this coming Saturday’ commented Chair of the Women’s Committee Ms. Danaë Daal.
Joining the WFD as a main sponsor is Law office Sulvaran & Peterson which has a strong women’s representation with mainly female lawyers employed by the firm. The Women's Committee is happy to have Sulvaran and Peterson on board for the event.
Further details about WFD can be found on the SMSA Facebook page. Interested girls and women can register via this Facebook page, their football clubs, or by contacting the organiser at 5806494.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On May 14 the Shoot Hoops, Not Guns project commenced in St. Peters.
Over the weekend community building exercises took place, stories by an long time resident of the neighborhood were shared and several groups went into the neighborhood to ask residents what they would like to see improve in their neighborhood.
The youth of St. Peters took the lead in these exercises and gathered the aforementioned information on neighborhood improvement from residents.
This information was used to develop some plans for execution in the weekend of May 21 and 22, called the ‘Hands-On Weekend’.
These plans consist of: 1. Cleaning of the basketball court and adjacent playground; 2. Making bins to be placed on the corners of the basketball court; 3. Making flowerpots to be placed close to the basketball court and playground; 4. Making signage like ‘no smoking’ and ‘no littering’ to be placed by the basketball court and playground; 5. Teaching the youth how to make basketball nets, so they can at any time have functioning basketball nets without having to purchase these nets.
All residents of St. Peters, interested persons and organizations are called to partake in the scheduled neighborhood improvements.
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