Peace Players- South Africa had its first extravaganza of the programme year on Friday, March 9, 2012 at Durban Primary School! The extravaganza was held for the City Area – participants included Addington Primary, Carrington Primary, and Durban Primary School, all from our PSP program. It was a hot and sunny day, and you could feel excitement in the air as the students arrived and started warming up for their respective games.
The afternoon extravaganza started with the girls’ teams, Durban Primary playing against Carrington Primary. There was a lot of hustle and team spirit from both sides. The boys’ squad from DPS was very supportive of their girls’ team, chanting D-P- S and cheering for the girls when they made a good play. It was a great show of sportsmanship and unity for DPS, coached by PPI-SA staff member Sanele “French” Mthembu.
The PPI- SA coaches showed a great amount of enthusiasm and inspired their players to play hard while also having fun. Allen Masikasi had an impressive showing for his team, Addington Primary, whose team has over 50 PPI participants this semester! They are a disciplined and high energy squad, and it showed during their games. Addington went 3-1 on the day – an impressive start!
To end the day, Fellow Taylor Brown addressed all the participants, fans, and coaches, thanking them for a great day of basketball. He also announced the days’ MVP’s. Carrington Primary, coached by Minenlhe, (MJ), received an MVP nod on the girl’s side as Andiswa Mtilwa was named the girls MVP for her hustle and never give up attitude. The boy’s MVP was Stanton Roberts from Addington Primary. He was a leader on and off the court for his team.
Thank you to all the teams, fans, coaches, and all PPI-SA staff for a great first extravaganza! We are looking forward to more games in both our Primary School Program and Leadership Development Program as the year continues.