B-Ball Alum Develop Kids’ Skills On and Off the Court
Photos by Chris Roussakis
Basketball alumni and childhood friends Osvaldo Jeanty, BCom/07, and Willy Manigat, at left, a former political science student at Carleton, launched Premier Hoops Academy earlier this year. The recreational and competitive basketball camp is for 12-to-17-year-olds who want to maximize their court skills while also benefiting from the side skills gained through basketball: namely, discipline, a strong work ethic and a chance to build one’s character.
“I want to use basketball to make an impact on youth, just like it had an impact on me,” says Jeanty. “I had people who cared enough to help guide me and put me on the right track. This camp is a way for us to pay it forward.”
Jeanty and Manigat were motivated to put down roots in their Ottawa community, which helped them advance their wildly successful Canadian Interuniversity Sport basketball careers into professional jobs overseas. Combined, the duo has a shelf full of awards: Defensive Player of the Year, three National Championships and CIS Basketball Player of the Year, to name but a few. Their most beloved achievement was being part of The Ravens basketball team, which won 11 CIS national titles in 13 years.
They’ll use that success to train youth for the next level of basketball through team concepts and individual skills for shooting, ball handling and defence, as well as motivational speeches. The academy will run full-day camps for six weeks from June 22 to August 7.