Five past and current members of the Jamaica National Basketball team will serve as “guest coaches” at the youth basketball clinics during Southern Florida ’s largest summer event, Zo’s Summer Groove, (ZSG) hosted by the Miami Heat’s Alonzo Mourning Charities. The players are Aubrey Rose (1998), Marlon Dumont (2000-06), Kali McCarthy (2004-06), Andre Smith (2006), and Chaz Carr (Team Captain 2006). With the exception of Jamaica based McCarthy who is expected to arrive in Miami on July 9, all are based in the US .
The team’s participation was made possible by Jamaican Wesley Frater, the event’s director of basketball operations, who over the years has supported the local basketball program.
The players’ participation in the ZSG is a precursor to the July 22 – August 3 national training camp which will be held Miami , as the team prepares to defend their Caribbean Basketball Championship (CBC) title won last year at the tournament in Kingston , Jamaica . The 2007 CBC championships will be held in Caguas , Puerto Rico from July 5 through 12.
Zo’s Summer Groove” (ZSG) ZSG is the largest philanthropic event hosted by Alonzo Mourning Charities with proceeds benefiting Florida’s under-served youth in need.
The 5-day charity extravaganza includes a star-studded comedy show and All-Star basketball game. The fundraiser will also feature youth basketball clinics, a golf tournament, concert, comedy show, benefit dinner, block party, all-star basketball game and numerous after-parties.