The YMCA gym was a place of excitement when several interesting matches comprising of girls high school basketball teams and male old-timers from across Montserrado County participated in a one-day basketball tournament organized by the Cummings African Foundation.
St. Teresa’s Convent High School won the female high school category after defeating St. Michael’s Catholic High School 15-0 points.
In the first encounter, Don Bosco Technical High School defeated Cathedral Catholic High School 15-7 points to win the second place. The two winners were provided with a set of jerseys, trophies and two basketballs along with a Cummings Africa Foundation T-shirts.
The one-day competition was aimed at bringing young basketball players and old-timers together to promote female basketball.
In other matches, YMCA Old Timers defeated Brewersville Old Timers 24-19 while Paynesville Old Timers whipped Cabral Estate of Old Road 44-34.
Meanwhile, YMCA Old Timers will play Paynesville Old Timers in the finals at the same venue later this week.
Fatu Gbedema, Executive Director of Cummings Africa Foundation, said she was excited as a former basketball player to see young girls displaying their talents.
She said despite the foundation’s involvement in education, agriculture, and health, it remains committed to help develop the basketball talent of young people, especially young girls.
“We have a Liberian in the United States that the foundation is planning to collaborate with to come and train players here,” she said.
Boniface Satu, president of the YMCA Old Timers, said the gathering was the start of the bringing together of former and current basketball players to ensure support is given to basketball in the various high schools.
“We need to focus on building the talent or skills of our high school players. This is the starting point and we remain confident and committed to working with our young players to ensure that the sport is developed to make the Liberia Basketball Association better,” he said.