December 2011, St. Vincent - On any given Saturday morning at Arnos Vale Sports Complex, you might see a merry band of fluorescent green-shirted kids working hard on the basketball court.
Thanks to KLF and Coach Kendall, kids in St. Vincent now have free basketball lessons on Saturday mornings. The group of motivated youngsters range in age from 11 to 18 years and include some of our All-Star Student-Athletes - Consolo Adams, Leandru Edwards, and Zanif Sandy.
On Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, KLF's Executive Director Shiyana Valentine was in town to watch the practice and lead a quarterly mentorship meeting with our All-Stars. It was a special reunion as All-Stars Selisha Hazell and Zonique Foyle came from the Grenadines islands to participate. It was a spirited practice, with participants learning the importance of teamwork, defense and free throws. Coach hopes to enter his team in a basketball league competition to start up in January.
At the close of practice, Shiyana announced that KLF would award a special prize to the Defensive player of the year in July 2012 in honor of our founder's own defensive basketball abilities. She also said that KLF would add new player to the All-Star program in February based on the coach and current All-Stars' recommendations. KLF also gave a laptop to Coach Kendall in appreciation for his tireless work with the kids.
KLF then treated the All-Stars to a special pizza lunch where we caught up on each other's lives, followed by a special study session and one-on-one meetings. Selish and Zonique, our newest All-Stars, each received a laptop to help them do their KLF/Kids College online assignments and all kids received more books to read in 2012 as well as a weekly planner to help them practice time management. Zanif Sandy also received a special Boston Celtics gift bag full of team goodies for receiving the highest grades at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.
KLF is wishing our KLF Kids all the very best with their end of term exams! Any child who fails a subject will be suspended from basketball practice until they improve their grade.