JBD, Inc. To Introduce “Kids First” Program As Part Of Star Search Camp, July 9-13, 2007, St. Catherine, Jamaica

The seventh annual Star Search & Life Skills Development Camp is set for July 9-13, 2007, at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education & Sports in St. Catherine, Jamaica. The camp, which showcases local basketball talent, is responsible for over 60 student/athletes securing full basketball scholarships to U.S. high schools, colleges, and universities over the past six years. The Jamaica Basketball Development (JBD) Inc., and the Jamaica Amateur Basketball Association (JABA) will visit Ocho Rios Primary and St. Ann’s Bay Primary schools on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 to introduce their new “Kids First” Program. “This is the stage where children form opinions, perception, and behavior, and we want to make sure all these actions are positive,” stated JBD, Inc. President, Gary Henry. “Developing an academic element will help set the stage for more positive development as they grow older,” Henry said. Officers from JBD, Inc., JABA, as well as overseas-based student/athletes, will read for the students and stress the importance of academics. Books and school supplies will also be presented to both schools.NIKE will again be the official sponsor of camp equipment, while G.C. Foster College will accommodate the student/athletes for the duration of the camp. Registration takes place on Sunday, July 8, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. at G.C. Foster College. Expected to be in attendance this year are former Star Search attendees Mugabe Thomas, Damion Staples, Daniel Rose, Ricardo Alliman, Jason Francis, Rodney James, and Andrei Grant. Several top U.S. and local coaches will also attend to participate in organized coaching clinics. The Jamaica Basketball Development (JBD), Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to the development of student/athletes in Jamaica. It is comprised of former Jamaican national basketball team members now living in the United States. Its mission is to enrich the lives of Jamaican student/athletes, by providing life skills development and opportunities to further their educational development through the game of basketball.