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MaxD Sports Academy helping to blaze trail

Sports Scope
  • Antoan Richardson.


Published: Oct 02, 2013

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A portion of the Tropical Shipping area on East Bay Street (upper downtown) has been transformed into a sporting complex that has the potential to become a historic trailblazing vehicle in this country. Thanks to the ingenuity of four young Bahamians, namely Antoan Richardson, Albert Cartwright, Geron Sands and Greg Burrows Jr., MaxD (Maximum Development) Sports Academy is a reality.

At the outset of a new and refreshing era for sports development in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, MaxD stands solidly as an initiative which in years to come, could be soundly saluted for the role played in helping to craft a first rate national program. There is the mini sports academy in Moore’s Island, operated by Rev. Anthony Williams that caters primarily to sprint development. There are other lesser entities in communities throughout the country. Also, the Government of The Bahamas is in the process of establishing an umbrella organization for sports development, called the National Sports Academy. Some good things indeed are ongoing and the future looks bright for national sports development.

Right in the mix is MaxD and the four lads are to be congratulated. They have undertaken a tremendous challenge. MaxD is an enterprise that required initial capital and needs ongoing funding to exist. The financial burden and administrative responsibility rest with Richardson, Cartwright, Sands, Burrows Jr. and whoever else has partnered with them in some small way.

I applaud the collective insight that has led to MaxD. They have come up with quite a comprehensive development concept. This primary ‘stated’ goal indicates as much: “To create elite student-athletes, combining customized academics and

athletic programs while helping students to reach their full potential.”

It is my hope that MaxD turns out to be immensely successful. MaxD fits in nicely with the “now” environment of sports development in the region and the wider world. Marketing is important for MaxD and it is good that one of the faces of the group belongs to someone with a very special accomplishment. I refer to Richardson who is one of just six Bahamians who have played at the Major League Baseball (MLB) level. He is a prime marketing item for the academy.

In our region, Cuba and Jamaica have benefited in a big way because of the academy concept. Cuba has been successful for decades by combining academic and sports development. Jamaica’s sports excellence, focused more so on track and field, has made that nation the best in sprinting, the world over.

Now, the academy-type structure is being put in place here. We in The Bahamas can emulate Cuba and Jamaica with our development process. MaxD is essential to the picture. How the efforts of MaxD and the National Sports Academy marry to enhance the whole product remains to be seen. It is indeed significant though, that MaxD is a presence at this moment in time.

It is a resource that is key to the future of The Bahamas.

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

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