Two of Pinelands Basketball Club’s outstanding players from different generations, will be honoured posthumously by a tournament that bounces off this Sunday at the Egbert Sealy Pavilion, Princess Royal Avenue, Pinelands, St. Michael.
The four-week competition called the Patrick-Thorpe Challenge Trophy is in honour of Andrew “Tarzan” Thorpe who lost his battle with cancer in 2009 and Kirk Patrick who was gunned down outside his home in 2010.
The competition, which will be an annual event and has been made possible through the assistance of a number of businesses, runs until November 17.
Both players made outstanding contributions to local basketball. Patrick, aged 31 at the time of his death, was a lifeguard by profession and one of the most outstanding players in the history of the Pinelands club. He played as both a point guard and off guard and represented Barbados on the national team that toured Tortola in 2009.
Thorpe was also a national player and is best remembered for his exceptional abilities as a baseline player at the power forward and small forward positions.
Pinelands coach Renaldo Maughn said the tournament would open up a lot of opportunities for youth and provide much needed positive activities in the Pinelands community.
Barbados Labour Party Senator Santia Bradshaw, director of the Make A Difference Foundation, one of the sponsors of the event, stated that over the years the Pinelands community had produced some outstanding sportsmen.
“Patrick and Thorpe are excellent examples of the positive role models of which the Pinelands community and wider Barbados must be proud. I am pleased with the support from the corporate community in making this event a reality. I truly hope that this will encourage other companies and individuals to come offer their support as we make a positive difference in the Pinelands community,” she said.
The winner of the four week tournament will receive the Patrick- Thorpe Challenge Trophy and $1,500.00. Second and third place winners will receive 1,000.00 and 500.00 respectively.
Sponsors for the tournament include Banks Beer, Harris Paints, the Make A Difference Foundation and Gatorade. Interested teams can contact Renaldo Maughn at 254 9276 or email pinelandsbasketballclub@ gmail.com.