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Sir Randol Fawkes basketball tournament launch today

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Published: May 16, 2013

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Today at a press conference, scheduled for the Ministry of Grand Bahama, the HOYTES Sir Randol Fawkes Basketball Tournament will be officially launched.

The event has the endorsement of Lady Fawkes and the rest of the family and connects with the legendary labor leader at an important point in the country’s history. In this 40th year of independence, Labour Day (June 7) will be renamed in honor of Sir Randol. The HOYTES National Program, founded by Coach Gladstone ‘Moon’ McPhee will now be linked with the freedom fighter, considered far and wide in The Bahamas, to be the ‘Father of Labour’.

HOYTES is the acronym for ‘Helping Our Youth Through Education and Sports’, and the connection to Sir Randol is timely and appropriate. The 40th anniversary national celebration should be as much about an education of the role players along the journey to independence, as compared to fanfare and social gatherings.

Organizers of the HOYTES Sir Randol Tourney will ensure that the players are provided with reading material that captures much of the life and times of the great patriarch. At today’s press conference, he will be saluted as Coach McPhee discloses the format for the competition and teams expected to participate.

Sir Randol’s place in history is cemented for his contribution to the Labour Movement, but equally as much for the position he took to cast his lot with the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) following the 1967 general election. The incumbent central administration, the United Bahamian Party, and the PLP tied at the completion of the balloting with 18 seats each.

There were also Alvin Braynen, an Independent, and Fawkes who was one of four Labour Party candidates. Just Fawkes succeeded. He joined forces with the PLP, giving that entity a coalition of a one-plus factor and the authority to form the Government of The Bahamas. Braynen accepted the position of Speaker of the House of Assembly. So, there was this same Randol Fawkes, making one of the greatest differences in the nation’s history. Understanding the history of the man will certainly serve well for the development process of the boys and girls who will play in the tournament named in his honor.

The tournament will take place at the St. George’s High School Gymnasium June 6-8 and teams are expected from throughout the country. Competition will take place in four categories of senior and junior boys’ and girls’ players.

• To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com.

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