Greetings all of you sun-basking, summer-loving, northern hemisphere citizens. Down here in South Africa, winter* is setting in. Schools are getting ready to shut their doors for the winter holiday period, meaning PPI-SA must take a break from normal programming as well (though we have a couple of holiday events up our sleeves). Before the schools here shut down sports to go into full-blown, DEFCON-1 exam mode, we had one last finale in the city before basketballs turn into books for a couple of weeks: the city extravaganza, an event involving all four of PPI’s city schools (Glenmore, Carrington, Berea, Durban Primary) along with former PPI powerhouse, Addington Primary.
The five schools converged on Durban Primary School for an afternoon full of competitions, games, friendships, and life lessons. Four of the schools brought both a boys and a girls team, while Berea brought only a girls team (they are an all-girls school), for a total of nine teams at the event. The day began with skill competitions in shooting, dribbling, and defense, which were very closely contested by each of the schools. Following the competitions, each team played two games. The winner of each game received points that were added to the points they were awarded during competitions.
In addition to awarding teams for their performance in games and competitions, points were given out for the teams that showed the best support for their teammates, creating an electric atmosphere throughout the event. Individual honors went to the player on each team who displayed the best sportsmanship, effort, and attitude. These players were dubbed “Champions for Peace” for the day.
Though Addington proved to be the strongest team in games, Carrington’s overall performance in the competitions, games, and support column pushed them to an overall victory for the day. The final standings are listed below:
Carrington – 180 (pts.)
Addington – 170
DPS – 150
Glenmore – 150
Berea – 100
Congratulations to all of our participants on completing another term of basketball and good luck on exams!
*Durban winters are the worst; just look at those chilly morning temperatures!