Guyanese youth get a chance at hoops

Coach Lugard Mohan (left) with players on the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall Court in Guyana.
Photo by Tangerine Clarke

Basketball coach Lugard Mohan says he does not turn away any child who shows up at his basketball clinic on Saturdays at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana, despite over crowding and insufficient balls for training.

He said the basketball clinic not only helps the boys and girls, it also helps him as an individual be a better person. Basketball also promotes comradery among the youths who are from different backgrounds.

“I was a hasty, impatient young man who could not relate to certain situations and after I started to play the game I became disciplined,” said Mohan, who runs a skill clinic that helps the players to interact and stay fit.

Mohan, a former national basketball champion and team captain for the defunct Ravens Basketball team, one of Guyana’s best some years ago, volunteers his time to ensure the players enjoy a good game of basketball in a disciplined environment.

Now in its second year, the Youth Basketball of Guyana benefits from Mohan’s dedication to share his skills with youths during two sessions every Saturday.

Despite playing with balls that are four years old, the four to 16-year-old students enjoy a good game of basketball. They eagerly run back and forth on the court showcasing the techniques of the game, such as shooting, ball handling, dribbling, offensive moves, defense, rebounding, to becoming first-rate players.

Mohan, who patiently guides each player through his or her paces during the four-hour sessions, hopes for donations of more basketballs, so that the program could be extended.

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